|During a fire often both thermal (heat) and nonthermal (contamination) damages are experienced, and the full extent of this damage may not clearly visible. For example, metal components can be tempered due to heat exposure,
losing hardness and strength while appearing to be undamaged. Electronics are also very susceptible to corrosion and contamination that isnít normally visible by simple observation.
Knowing these hidden damages can be destructive and costly, Continental Restoration utilizes various scientific testing methods such as forensic and metallurgical evaluation to determine true extent of damages and scope of the problem. During assessments of high-tech electronics
and data center operations after the 9/11 attacks, specialized testing techniques such as
scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) methods were used to identify submicron particulates and molten metals generated during the collapse and fires. It was a critical element in proving the damages were a direct result of the 9/11 incident.