TEST CASE: Smoke and Soot Remediation

TEST CASE - SMOKE AND SOOT REMEDIATION AND RESTORATION

Smoke and Soot Remediation

Situation:

Hearns Cycling, located in downtown Asheville, NC., had an electrical fire that left soot covered walls (cinder block), roof (galvanized steel truss), garage doors (aluminum, glass) and strong “burned plastic” odor throughout the building. Building is approximately 30’ x 150’ with 17’ ceilings, a concrete floor and multiple garage doors for water removal. Hearns Cycling had a small window for remediation and restoration, which was accomplished in a single day, while they prepped for electrical repairs and repainting.

Testing Goal:

Using ZolaTerra® ZT Pro 16 to remove “burned” odor and soot stains from inside the building and merchandise (used bicycles and bicycle parts). Clean thoroughly enough for subsequent contractors to complete their tasks free from fire contaminants and odor. Complete the remediation and restoration in one day while the business remains open.

Conditions:

  • Location:Asheville, NC

  • Siting:Inside building, concrete block and steel building

  • Substrate:Cinder Block, Galvanized Steel, Concrete, Aluminum, Glass

  • Ambient Air Temperature:40-50 degrees F

  • Ambient Water Temperature:60 degrees F (local municipal supply)

      Application:

      • Product:ZolaTerra® ZT Pro 16

      • Pre-Soak:None

      • Method:Low Pressure Foam (Using Pressure Washer Foaming Tip)

      • Application psi:~500 psi

      • Detergent to Water Siphon Ratio:1:7 (Used Pressure Washer Reservoir)

      • Surface condition at application:Dry

      • Mechanical Scrubbing:None

      • Dwell Time After Application/Before Rinse:15 mins

      • Rinse Method:  High Pressure Water Rinse (2500 psi) at ambient water temperature

          Results:

          Test reflected that ZolaTerra®ZT Pro 16 foam application combined with 15-minute dwell time and high-pressure rinse effectively removed odor, soot, and stains from fire damage. 

           

          Photo 1: Ceiling Before ZT Pro;  Photo 2: Ceiling After ZT Pro; Photo 3: & Wall Before & After ZT Pro

           

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