Following are some of the more common
Misconception #1: Replacing is less expensive than
Cleaning is a mitigation process that yields excellent
results and is cost-effective - especially when compared
to the cost of replacement. For instance, when smoke
is not properly cleaned from delicate fabrics and surfaces,
secondary damage can occur. Replacement is usually the
only option. Hundreds of dollars of cleaning can become
thousands of dollars of replacement due to delayed action.
Today's restoration professionals are able to effectively
clean and remove contaminates - saving expensive replacement
Misconception #2: If you get your carpets cleaned,
they get dirty faster.
Techniques, equipment, and materials used in the past
to clean carpets were inferior to those used by today's
professionals. In the past, inefficient carpet shampooing
left a soap residue that attracted soil more rapidly
than prior to cleaning. Restoration professionals now
use a cleaning process that both flushes and rinses
carpets, and prevents that from happening.
Misconception #3: Once the carpet is dry, that noisy
equipment needs to be removed.
The greatest failure in restoring water-damaged structures
is to remove the drying equipment before the drying
is complete. Using the carpet or cushion to determine
dryness is a gross misrepresentation of whether the
structure is dry or not (and one that is not easily
defended if litigation follows). Carpet and cushions
dry quicker than other structural materials and are
not an accurate gauge. The danger with ineffective drying
is that it can turn a small loss from water damage into
a multi-thousand dollar mold claim. Professional restoration
firms use measuring equipment to determine if moisture
content has been returned to normal standards. Meters
and sensors are used to document and record the data
that justifies the use of the equipment and the best
time to remove it. That is paramount to accomplish the
end result - a totally dry structure.
Misconception #4: Once a structure has been damaged
by fire, it will always smell like smoke. So why rush
to clean it up?
Stories abound about smoke damage restoration efforts
that have failed - usually because odor remains. Smoke
odor and residue are the products of incomplete combustion.
They are acidic and are far more damaging than ordinary
dirt or dust. Prompt cleaning actions can reduce losses
if this acid is removed or neutralized. Odor removal
is more complicated than turning on one machine and
hoping to achieve satisfactory results. Restoration
for smoke odor has to be thorough. All contaminated
areas need to be cleaned, deodorized, and sealed (where
applicable). It is important that all odor molecules
are neutralized, either airborne or absorbed.
Professional restoration firms are the best assurance
when it comes to mitigation and restoration. Due to
their continuous technical training, they do not repeat
the erroneous theories and mistakes of the past. Using
the latest equipment and techniques, they make sure
that the job is done correctly and completely - the