Fires are devastating on so many levels, from the damage caused by the flames, to the properties that get reduced to ashes, to the injuries resulting from smoke exposure, heat and escaping the devastation. But there are hidden dangers created by the fire and smoke that can linger long after the flames have died and the air clears up.
A Lingering Damage
During a home fire, the smoke and heat permeates throughout the house and can embed itself deep into your furniture, wood, insulation, and other things. This strong odor often lingers and can be so overpowering that it causes nausea and coughing even days after the fire has been put out.
When a fire burns through toxic materials including plastic, the airborne pollutants can settle into your insulation and duct work. Without proper fire restoration, these waste products can linger and make you sick.
Fire and smoke damage leaves an unpleasant odor in your furniture, carpets, drapes, and clothes that’s difficult to remove. Unfortunately, though, a simple washing or scrubbing with laundry detergent won’t be enough to get rid of the smell. If you have smoke damage in your home, you’ll need special equipment such as an ozone generator to get rid of the odor—and that’s something only professionals like us have access to.
Also, the longer you wait, the worse it gets. If you leave it sitting long enough, you may never be able to get rid of the smell, or even salvage anything.
Smoked and Weakened
Smoke can cause major damages to your home long after the flames have been put out. If you don’t clean it immediately, the smoke can weaken your walls and other wooden structures. Even if the wood wasn’t damaged by the fire, the smolder can seep into it and compromise the structure.
Moreover, it’s not just wood that’s at risk, as the smoke and heat damage can also weaken your home’s foundation and structure.
Fire damage restoration is serious work—one that should only be entrusted to certified professionals. Get in touch with us now and we’ll do our best to help deal with all your fire and smoke damage, as well as contents cleaning needs.