Smoke damage is sometimes overlooked or considered secondary damage after a destructive fire, but ignoring smoke damage can multiply your damages and result in the loss of belongings that may have been restored if addressed sooner. The longer smoke damage goes unnoticed, the more damage it will cause—much of it irreversible.
Understanding what smoke damage is and how it affects the items in your Dallas home can help you put a stop to its destructive nature. Smoke and soot residues will continue to cause damages long after the fire is out, and the damage only gets worse as more time passes.
Why Does Smoke and Soot Cause Damage?
To understand how smoke and soot residues can damage your belongings, you first need to know that soot is an acidic residue left behind after a fire. Because it is acidic, smoke and soot residues can quickly cause permanent damage to porous materials and plastics. It will take longer for less porous materials to show physical damage, but the longer smoke and soot residues are present, the greater the risk.
Plastic or porous items – think small appliances, marble counter-tops or flooring, and alabaster – are often permanently discolored after a fire due to smoke damage. Harder surfaces like countertops, fiberglass items, and large appliances can begin to yellow within a few hours after a fire.
Yellowing will also affect painted walls and hardwood or vinyl floors within a few days, and the hardest materials – glass and porcelain – will begin to show signs of etching after a few weeks after a fire if untreated.
How Can I Prevent Smoke Damage After a Fire?
Because smoke and soot residues continue to damage your belongings for days and even weeks after a fire, it is important that cleanup begins as soon as possible to protect your belongings and reduce your losses. Many items susceptible to smoke damage can often be restored, but only when cleanup begins early enough to prevent permanent damage.
Don’t forget about items that weren’t directly or immediately affected by the fire. Assume that soot residues are on every surface in the affected area. If you plan to clean the smoke and soot residues yourself, work from the top down, starting with the ceiling. Assume there is smoke and soot residue on every surface, even if damage is not yet visible.
When Should I Call A Smoke Damage Professional?
Cleanup after a fire is a long process, and it’s important that smoke damage be addressed as soon as possible to prevent additional damage to your Dallas home and your belongings. You should contact a smoke damage cleanup professional if for any reason you are unable to perform cleanup yourself, or if you are concerned about potential smoke damage to your belongings.
Regent Restoration provides emergency fire damage and smoke damage cleanup in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. Our IICRC certified technicians will respond 24/7 to provide you with the highest quality service whenever you need us most. Contact us now!
- Smoke Damage is often overlooked
- Soot is acidic and can cause damage well after a fire
- Quickly having your home cleaned is the best way to prevent permanent damage
- Smoke and Soot can get on every surface, even though they may not be visible
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