Smoke & Fire Damage

Smoke & Fire Damage

For all fire damaged or smoke contaminated properties, you the owner need to act fast! The sooner you contact a specialist restoration services like Rapid Response, the better chance of reducing the costs and mitigating against further secondary damage.

Many people attempt to clean and deodorise fire damaged properties themselves and unfortunatly waste precious time in contacting specialist services. We can assure you that decontamination and cleanup after smoke contamination is not easy (otherwise everyone would be doing it!) and has taken our technitions years to perfect our techniques and service. Each day wasted can further corrode structural and contents items and render them unsalvageable. Acting fast may allow you to salvage more items and reduce the overall cost of the loss.

Our company provides a Specialist Decontamination & Deodorisation service with 8 years’ experience. Our proven cleaning techniques deliver a smoke and odour free property back to our clients each and every time. Our representative will keep you fully up to date on progress at all times and answer any questions you may have on the restoration process.

If you are in the unfortunate position where your house or business is effected by fire or smoke we can provide the following fire damage restoration services to repair your property:

  • Full Damage Calculation Report
  • Electrical Test, where needed
  • Plumbing Test, where needed
  • Initial Gut Out of Irreversibly Damaged Structure & Contents
  • Removal of Debris
  • Decontamination & Deodorisation of Salvageable Contents & Furniture
  • Safely Packing Contents & Furniture
  • Storage Facilities
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service, available if required
  • Structural Cleaning
  • Structural Sealing
  • Deodorisation
  • All Trades Provided

Wet Smoke

Created by slow burning, oxygen starved fires.  Creates smoke webs which are difficult to clean.  Wet smoke moves slowly and has time to work its way into crevices and enclosed areas that would not be contaminated by faster burning fires.

Dry Smoke

Fast burning materials at high temperatures.  This type of smoke does not stain surfaces as much as wet smoke.  Commonly known as “Driven Smoke” as it is produced under pressure.


This type comes from pans or pots with meats left burning on cookers.  It is practically invisible and has an extremely strong in odour.  The cleaning process is very intensive and combination of odour removal techniques is required to remove this pungent odour.

Fuel Oil Soot

These are often referred to as “Puff Backs” and are composed primarily of old soot, which is jarred loose by the impact of a sudden small explosion.

These soot particles are normally hard and crusty and care should be taken in removing so as not to scratch the surfaces of those items being cleaned.

Plastic / Rubber Smoke

Results from burned plastic & synthetic rubbers, which burn vigorously at low temperatures producing large light weight particles.

This type of smoke is highly corrosive to metal and exposed chrome trim due to high levels of chlorine.

There are four main determining factors, which determine the behavior of smoke.


The temperature of a fire is a major consideration in determining the amount of smoke penetration throughout the structure.  The higher the temperature the higher the pressure, which will cause increased penetration and damage.

Temperature of the Surroundings

Warmed or heated air rises and tends to migrate to colder surfaces, such as outside walls, closets and windows.  Convection currents will continue to bring warm air to cooler surfaces, which deposits smoke residues on these cooler surfaces.

Ionization & Magnetism

Smoke particles are attracted to metal surfaces such as plumbing, coat hangers; nail heads because of opposite electrical charges.  Opposites attract.

Pattern of Airflow & Space Arrangement

Smoke will travel around various obstructions, following air currents, on its journey throughout the building.  Each obstruction acts a as a crude filter.  As a result of this filtration, the amount of residue, to be found, decreases as the smoke travels further from its source.


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