Fire Restoration in Three-Phases: Wickens helps clean up a condo building after fire

Posted On April 5, 2018

In April 2017, a three-level, 22-unit condo building caught fire in Smith Falls, Ontario. All residents had to be evacuated as the fire quickly spread from the back of the building to the roof. 50 firefighters arrived on the scene to help, and luckily, no serious injuries were sustained.

Once the fire was contained and extinguished and the damage assessed, it was clear that the entire building needed restoring, as it had suffered extensive smoke and water damage throughout. The roof was beyond repair and had to be removed, and the units were stripped down to build level with all drywall, insulation, trim and wiring removed, and only stud and support walls remaining.

Before any critical work could begin, however, the entire building had to be dried out over a period of time to acceptable moisture levels. Then, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to enter the property and begin extensive mould remediation and fire restoration work.

Using specialized processes, a team of highly trained technicians carried out the project in three phases:


Phase 1 - Soot removal

Wickens began by removing the soot from all the concrete structures in the building, such as the inside walls that divided the units. Once the soot and stains were removed, the technicians could clearly see the areas affected by water damage and mould.

Phase 2 - Mould remediation

After fully containing the building and installing air preparation equipment, Wickens then removed the mould from all the wood surfaces using dry ice blasting, a revolutionary cleaning process that is non-abrasive and non-toxic. Unlike other mould removal methods that require extensive clean up and are harsh on surfaces, dry ice blasting is completely dry and produces no secondary waste, making it quick, efficient, and safe, It also gets into hard to reach spaces, ensuring a thorough removal.

After the blasting work, the building was thoroughly cleaned using industrial HEPA vacuums to capture any remaining mould debris and particles. An independent consultant then carried out the testing, and the results confirmed that the mould remediation was complete.


Phase 3 - Seeling the surfaces

The final phase of the project involved sealing all surfaces with an antimicrobial sealant to prevent mould spores from re-populating.


Clearing the way for further restoration works

In only three weeks, Wickens completed the project, enabling building owners to begin reconstruction of the units.

For more information about fire restoration and mould remediation services, contact Wickens today!

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