All About Smoke Damage

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A fire can be devastating and the damage from the smoke it produces can be as well. If a fire does occur in your business, you must have a professional clean up the smoke damage. Smoke damage can persist if not re mediated properly. 

Impacts of fire & smoke damage

Once a fire occurs, it is obvious what fire damage looks like in your home. What might not be so obvious is the smoke damage. Fire damage produces charred items, walls that are discolored, soot or ash on the floor, walls and ceiling. However, the smells and chemicals emanated from the result of a  fire burning can be harmful to the surfaces in your home as well as your health. Smoke damage can occur immediately after fire damage, but it also can take several hours or days after the fire to manifest. 

discoloration

Almost immediately after a fire has been put out, it is evident smoke damage is there in your home or business.  

  • Walls & ceilings. You might notice a yellowing as the smoke damage gets worse.
  • Plastic surfaces, wood & appliances. These types of surfaces can become discolored and even warp from smoke damage.
  • Metal hardware & Metals. Rust and corrosion will start to develop on any metal hardware in your home or business. These types of surfaces can also become permanently tarnished.
  • Marble, granite or travertine. Countertops, tiles or other surfaces that contain these materials will usually permanently discolor from smoke damage and acidic residue found in soot.

Smoke Odor

Many surfaces in your home or business will display the symptoms of smoke odor. This can happen on surfaces or fabric items. What causes this smoke odor? Smoke from a fire produces tiny particles of carbon (called soot) and this soot settling on surfaces of your home causes the smoke odor. After fire damage restoration has been completed, smoke damage restoration is necessary to get rid of smell produced from fire damage.

Smoke has several components which produces the odor that lingers. It produces particles that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These particles can be toxic. Smoke damage also produces vapors that can be poisonous if you inhale or are absorbed into surfaces. These vapors present themselves as fog-like droplets. Carbon monoxide (CO) is the most dangerous toxic gas produced from fire damage. Another toxic gas called phosgene is produced with items such as chlorine are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is produced from common household items such as insulation, synthetics, plastics, carpets, clothing and plastics burn.

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