A fire event can cause many problems and lingering issues. Even smaller events can cause lingering effects that stretch far after the event has calmed down. Even smaller fires can generate smoke damage and cause a lingering presence. Smoke damage is a very serious concern after any level of fire damaging event.
United Water Restoration Group, a company that focuses on water, mold, and fire damage restoration, would like to discuss smoke damage and its lasting effects. Though smoke damage does not sound as detrimental as fire damage, it can leave a stain on your home or business.
What is Smoke Damage?
Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. After any level of fire damage event, there is likely some degree of smoke damage not far off. This damage looks like stained walls or smells like strong, pungent scents associated with the materials set on fire. Due to the nature of heat, smoke rises and can seep into porous materials on your wall or the ceiling. Once the damage has seeped into these materials, it can be difficult to get them out without damage restoration.
After the event, smoke can gain hold of these materials and cause further deterioration of the material. This can also result in unpleasant scents and an unhealthy environment depending on the level of damage.
The Lasting Effects of Smoke Damage
Smoke damage can cause many different issues in a building. Smoke inhalation can cause major health problems and should be taken seriously. As we’ve stated, smoke can root itself into porous materials and cause lasting problems that only become worse over time. For walls and ceilings, it can stain them and cause deterioration over time. When it comes to smoke damage and furniture, the smoke will root itself into the material. This will cause the materials to have a lingering smell of smoke.
Furniture is particularly tricky and will likely require professional assistance as a typical household vacuum won’t have the strength to properly clean up the smoke. Fabric material may absorb most of the smoke and cause staining or discoloring. This is expected for items such as furniture, clothing, blankets, and sheets. A special washing routine may assist in removing stains and other damage.
Cleaning Up Smoke Damage
To help alleviate some of the symptoms and destructive tendencies of this damage, ventilation is the best route. After any fire damage event, be sure to ventilate your home using fans and air purifiers. Having windows and doors opened will greatly assist as well. Allowing your home or business to air out helps push out particles and bring in the fresh air. Removing any debris will also assist in this endeavor. Odor-neutralizing products can be sprayed throughout the building as well.
Smoke Damage Restoration
After a fire event, it can be difficult to imagine your property returning to its pre-loss condition. United Water Restoration Group technicians are able to administer our smoke restoration services and help. Our restoration process will sanitize and clean all affected areas while removing any lingering damage or stains in affected areas.
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