Everything You Need to Know About Smoke Damage
Smoke damage can be a serious problem. It's often more extensive than you think, and it can happen to even the best-protected homes. This guide will help you recognize the signs of smoke damage, understand how it affects your property, and learn what steps to take after suffering from smoke damage.
Smoke damage can be obvious or subtle.
Smoke damage can be obvious or subtle. The lingering smell of smoke is often the first sign, but sometimes there are no smells at all—the damage tends to occur behind the scenes. Smoke from cooking accidents and cigarettes can cause significant damage too, so even if you don't smell anything out of the ordinary, it's important to check for signs of smoke damage in your home or office space.
Smoke-damaged property may have any number of telltale signs:
- A coating on the walls and ceiling that resembles white paint
- Discoloration on walls, ceilings, and furnishings
- Soot webs on the ceilings and walls
Understanding smoke damage.
Smoke damage is perhaps one of the most difficult types of damage to deal with, and can cause your property to be unsaleable if not handled properly. Not only does smoke damage need special attention in order to get rid of it, but even after cleaning it may still be present in some form.
If a fire has caused smoke damage to your property, it's time for some remediation. Smoke and soot are extremely corrosive to many surfaces, including wood, drywall, carpet, and fabric. In addition to discoloring walls and floors, smoke can also leave behind an unpleasant odor that can permeate the air for months after the fire is extinguished. Although you may be tempted to just cover up the smell with perfumes or room sprays, they won't be nearly as effective as professional cleaning services—and they'll only mask the problem temporarily at best.
Smoke odors are extremely stubborn and tend to linger for months or even years after a fire has occurred. In addition, smoke can cause permanent discoloration along surfaces such as walls and ceilings that will require repainting or covering up with new drywall.
It is dangerous to clean up from a fire without professional help.
It's important to understand that if you attempt to clean up from a fire without professional help, you can be exposed to harmful chemicals and toxins. You may be injured by sharp objects that have been burned and are now sharp, such as glass or metal. You could even be exposed to asbestos, lead or mold if the material was present in the home before the fire occurred.
Do not try to clean up after a fire yourself, call your local SERVPRO experts for assistance today!
Smoke damage can be a big problem, with serious consequences for your home and family. If you've found yourself facing this problem, don't panic! It's important to remember that there are resources out there for people who have encountered smoke damage in their homes. Our SERVPRO of St. George team is always on standby and ready to respond to your fire, smoke, and soot damage!