Black Forest Piano provides smoke and soot restoration of fire damaged pianos to various disaster restoration companies. When initially contacted, our goal is to remove the piano from the toxic environment as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to the piano, such as left in standing water, high humidity encouraging mold or inadvertent damage caused by restoration workers.
Once the piano is safely in our shop, an inspection is immediately performed to determine if any mitigation treatment is warranted. A detailed report will be generated that includes the specifics of the piano, damage sustained, restoration process and length of time to restore. Along with this report will be the replacement value of the piano so an insurance assessment can be made if restoration is an option or to simply replace with a new piano. If the piano is deemed a loss, our only charge will have been the cost of the piano move and creating the report.
Smoke and soot mitigation involves essentially four steps:
- Off-gassing: Everything that smells evaporates or vaporizes odorous gasses into the air. As odors release into the atmosphere, oxygen and hydrogen become a natural neutralizer. This process has already started.
- Dry Cleaning: Dry cleaning involves visible residue removal in a dry state, alternating between vacuuming and blowing with an air compressor nozzle, manual cleaning with a dry sponge and brush.
- Preliminary Detoxification: Chemically block or restrict odor-bearing molecules from evaporating from a source into the atmosphere. This is accomplished by using specific carbon & soot destroyer chemical to eliminate and counteract odor bearing particles.
- Thermal Fogging: Thermal fogging mimics the particle size of smoke. A special Fire-Clean thermal odor resolve fogging agent nullifies odor-bearing smoke particles that are trapped in hidden areas such as the top of beams, crevices and action cavity.
Note about using Ozone Generators. These work fine for porous material such as cloth or wood but should NEVER be used with a piano as ozone will promote rust on metal. That is why we use specially formulated Cory Fire Clean products and a thermal fogger.