As soon as the authorities say that the property is safe, our fire damage restoration may begin.
Smoke is an acidic byproduct of fire. Smoke is capable of erosion as well as marking surfaces like walls and counters.
Sometimes trying to put out the fire will actually cause more harm than the initial fire caused. Therefore, our fire restoration professionals use proper equipment and are specialized in the fields of heat, smoke damage, and water damage.
What To Do At Home:
- Safety first, use a mask and gloves.
- Ventilate your home, open your windows and place fans in them to help get rid of the dust and ash.
- Wash clothing in cold water. Smoke odor and soot can be washed from garments that can be bleached. Dry clean any finer clothing.
- Use a mild soap or detergent along with 4 to 6 tbsp trisodium phosphate and rubber gloves to remove smoke and soot from your walls.
- When washing walls and ceilings, rinse with clear water and wash your floors last.
- Repaint your ceilings and walls once they are completely dry from being washed.
- Vacuum your floors and upholstery with a high efficiency vacuum.
- Pots, pans, and all kitchenware ought to be washed with soapy water.
- Leather goods must be wiped down with a damp cloth, sometimes newspaper works well on stiff leather.
- Rinse your leather and suede jackets in cold water. Let them air dry away from the sun.
- Areas that have heavy damage or residue should be left for the professionals here at United Water Restoration Inc.
There are a range of sources of smoke odors which may impact the longevity of the smell, and therefore the proper way to ultimately eliminate the smoke odor.
For instance, a billowing plume of smoke generated from a bag of popcorn burning in a microwave will fill a space quickly. However this may be ventilated to eliminate most of the odor. Followed by an intensive cleanup of the microwave with soap and water to removes most of the smell.
Over time usage can take away the remaining smell because steam can, in essence, wash the unreached surfaces.
In other words the duration of the smoke may be an issue. A quicker smoke doesn’t usually penetrate porous surfaces as deeply and might so and may therefore often be eliminated with a lot less effort than daily cigarette smoking or smoke caused from a fire or a fireplace burning inside the walls of the house or building.
Smoke Odor Sources:
- Cooking/Grease Fires
- Forest Fires
- Cigarette Smoking
Electrical FiresConsult with one of our professionals about replacing drywall and insulation. Drywall and insulation thats been soaked by fire hoses cannot be dried out without compromising the structural integrity, as well as allowing mold to grow and spread.