I am restoring a house that was damaged in a fire. I want to save the brick that was smoked up in the fire. I am looking for a chemical or formulation that has been successful in cleaning fire damaged brick. I would expect to use a high p/h detergent but this is any tough stuff and has resisted typical cleaners. I want to use a presure washer, and avoid scrubbing as much as possible. . And so today I found out that… Firstly, you need to use a strong caustic material. You are correct in assuming a high p/h. You do not want to power wash, that destroys the basic surface of brick and renders it vulnerable to further damage from smoke and dust. IE it removes the natural protective layer from the kiln firing. It is really bad policy to clean brick and concrete with power washers. I see a lot of that going on and not enough info out there on the severe damage that is doing to the brick and concrete. What it does is remove that protective layer from the surface and renders it vulnerable to much more damage or dirt attraction than ever before. Dont do it. Acid, is inactive against an oily material such as smoke discoloration. That is basically “tars” from the wood. So dont use acids. And certainly, a solvent such as mineral spirits would allow the tar to leach further into the brick. The solution is to use caustic soda. That is available cheaply and readily in the form of spray OVEN CLEANER from your local grocery store for about $ 2 to 4 a can. Buy the cheapest one, non brand at like Krogers. Spray the surface with the Oven Cleaner. Wait till it is nearly fully dry. Then take a wet spong to it and clean what ever came off and rinse with detergent and clean water. Let it dry and bit and give it another dose of the Oven Cleaner. It will take 3 to 4 doses of this to remove it but it will defenitely do the job for you. When you’re finished. You can seal the brick with a brick sealer and prevent that from happening again. This material is composed of high molecular weight Silicones and works quite well for an application such as yours. The cost for a gallon is quite high, its in the range of about $18 or so, but it is well worth it to protect your fireplace from further smoke damage.
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My parent’s are remodeling the downstairs/basement of their house right . They already did the upper story. They not yet done. They are talking of selling the remodeled house next year. How often do people whoever remodel their homes end selling them afterwards when they go though all of that work remodeling their present home? Does anyone know how often this happens and why do people do it for? Is it because they are tired of the newly remodeled house or something else all together. I was so glad to find this — No one wants an old out dated house …. When I see a house like that all I think is remodel, repair, update etc. and that is going to cost more money and I move on. Yes they will get more money and they will sell faster. Leave them alone they know what they are doing.
To renew my apartment lease, the management is making me to take out a 100K property liability insurance policy that covers water, fire, smoke, or explosion damage to their building. Is this legal? This policy is not to be confused with renters insurance which would cover my property. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. You’re confused. A renters policy is two part. Section 1 covers your personal property. Section 2 covers liability which protects you in the event you commit a negligent act and cause damage to the landlords property. In Section 1, you can choose any amount of coverage you need to cover your personal property. In Section 2, you landlord is requiring you choose $100,000 to pay for his property in the event you are negligent.
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