Fire And The Environment

Soot enters the environment either as a solid particle or as a gas which turns into a particle after it has been released. These particles can end up very far away from their site of origin.






Soot is composed of the fine black particles, namely made of carbon, produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. the The origins of Soot can be born from acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. Soot can be very hard to detect because soot particles are very tiny , about 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter. Which makes soot particles are smaller than dust and mold, and are about 1/30 the diameter of a human hair.


Damage from a fire is as dynamic as exists in the restoration industry, examples include:  Heat damage causing wood to char and steel to twist; thermal shock (abrupt cooling of materials) causing porcelain fixtures to shatter and brick to fracture; corrosion causing glass to etch and circuit boards fail; water damage causing wood to warp and mold to grow; fire odor causing contents to be discarded and employees to refuse re-occupancy; fire residue causing odor to persist and asbestos/lead cleanup to be performed.


Canadian INvironmental Services uses state-of-the-science methods and detection equipment to document the extent of fire damaged materials. This information can then be used by the client, the insurance adjuster, and the fire restoration contractor to confirm the scope of loss and ensure that restoration is performed in a complete and professional manner. Our third-party reports identify soot, smoke and char, scope of damage, and method of remediation.  This facilitates decisions regarding insurance coverage, restoration cost, and restoration methods.  And we can verify that the project has been properly cleaned after remedial methods.


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Sampling and testing can be crucial after or during a fire. Air sampling during long-duration fires (e.g., fires lasting days to weeks) may help to understand the significance of health risks from the longer-term exposures people may experience, and where those exposures may be occurring.


Furthermore,  in order to have a comprehensive and through remediation, sampling of air and various elements in the building after fires that cause the release of large amounts of specific chemicals can help to guide all of the necessary post-fire cleanup decisions.


Canadian Invironmental Canada recommends that environmental testing is necessary for specific  fire-related chemicals.  We provide a comprehensive sampling plan, developed for reliable and informative results. Any environmental samples must be analyzed by a certified laboratory.



Collecting just a few environmental "grab" samples without having a sampling plan often produces uncertain results that don't help decision-making.


Thats why its very important to get the right team to do the sampling to make sure that everything has been accounted for with

detail and accuracy. Canadian Invironmental Services can get it done right for you in your fire, smoke and soot damage situations, and set you up with a detail plan of action.

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Soot can also negatively impact Indoor Air Quality. Excessive use of candles in an indoor environment can lead to a buildup of soot. This sometimes leads to "ghosting", where the tiny soot particles cling to areas of walls and ceilings due to electrostatic attraction. This can also happen when fireplaces are insufficiently ventilated. If you see these "soot ghosts" in your home, you may want to rethink your level of candle usage or have your chimney evaluated.

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