When it comes to fire damage, you might be surprised to hear that the aftermath of the fire is more damaging to your Lakewood, CO, home than the flames themselves. The best way to deal with fire damage is to remove as much of the damage as possible after the fire as quickly as possible. Fire damage continues long after the flames are out, and if it isn’t remediated properly by experienced fire damage mitigation specialists, it can continue to cause problems and rack up more expenses. While charred remains can be removed easily, smoke can continue to cause more damage down the road.
After a fire, here are some of the risks you may be dealing with regarding smoke damage:
The type of fire matters: Every fire has different scenarios that feed it and allow it to spread and grow. High oxygen fires are drier and the residual smoke is easier to remove than a fire that is slow growing and burning with a smoky, oily residue. Kitchen fires often involve a protein or animal base that means the smoke may be especially pungent. Additionally, if water was present in the firefighting efforts, humidity can rise. This will cause the pores of the wood in the structure to open, allowing in more smoke and residue.
Smoke is corrosive: Given enough time, smoke can damage literally everything in a home. Plastics, leathers, synthetics, and even glass and wall surfaces. Smoke particles are tiny and highly corrosive. The soot particles cling to everything and are very difficult to remove without proper cleaning solutions. Over-the-counter products can acerbate the problem. Having a trained fire damage restoration company like ServiceMaster DSI of Lakewood, CO, is key to helping you save your home. The air and items in a home are highly toxic after a fire and can cause serious health risks to you and your family.
Damage starts within minutes: The sooner you start the restoration process, the lower the level of damage to your property will be. Here’s what the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate tells us about how quickly smoke damage can start and the long terms effects it has on items in a home.
Within minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow, small appliances located close to the source of combustion to discolor, and highly porous materials (such as marble and alabaster) to discolor permanently.
Within hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms, fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow, uncoated metals will tarnish, counter tops may yellow, finishes on appliances (particularly refrigerators) may yellow, and furniture finishes may discolor.
Within days: In time, acid residues will cause painted walls to yellow permanently, metal to corrode and rust, wood furniture to require refinishing, vinyl flooring to require refinishing or replacement, clothing to become soot-stained, and upholstery to stain permanently.
Within weeks: Restoration costs will escalate tremendously, synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently, silver plate is corroded permanently, and glass, crystal, and china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.
Don’t delay in calling us if your home has suffered smoke or fire damage in Lakewood, CO. We know that the faster we’re on site, the more we can save for you. Contact us at (720) 452-2842.