Fire and Smoke Damage

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The problem with smoke damage is that an item maynot appear as damaged but it can be unusable already. (Photo Credits) 

Ask any house fire survivor and he will tell you that there are items that have not been damaged in the home fire, but have been rendered useless by the smoke damage.  Moreover, the whole home will smell of smoke until it has been fully cleaned, and this is not just annoying but can also be dangerous to human health and that of pets.

House Logic has come up with a comprehensive guide on cleaning up smoke damage that may have been caused by fireplace flues, small kitchen fires, and electrical wiring malfunction,among other reasons for smoke damage to permeate in the home. In their write-up, they emphasized that homeowners should clean up ASAP in a very thorough manner so that the smoke damage will not linger in the home and its fixtures. 24hrWater Damage Repair San Diego Ca            

“The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture.So get to work, but not without gloves, eye protection, a face mask, and a respirator to keep smoke particles off your skin and out of your lungs.”

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The problem with smoke damage

Resolve By Lowes also tried to explain how smoke damage can affect a whole home. It mentioned the different after effects of smoke in various areas of the home. Foremost they discussed is discoloration.

 “Shortly after afire, the effects of smoke damage are visible on walls, ceilings and surfaces,appearing as stains and discoloration. Within a few days, walls and flooringmay begin to turn yellow; however, this yellowing affect doesn’t show right away. Plastic surfaces/appliances and wood can also become discolored and warped. Several hours after a fire, metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion.”

The continuation can be found here.

The National Ag Safety Database – University of Wisconsin Extension meanwhile published an informational flier that teaches those who survived home fires about the food items from their home that can still be salvaged, and the ones that they should toss.

Other items that can be salvaged

“Use extreme caution when trying to save food after a fire. Food and utensils damaged by heat, smoke, chemicals or water may not be safe to use. Food in cans or jars may appear to be okay. But if it has been close to the heat of the fire, it may no longer be edible. Heat from the fire can activate food spoilage bacteria or cause undesirable flavor changes. Toxic fumes can contaminate food items as well. Items stored in permeable packaging should be thrown away.”

The whole text can be downloaded from here.

A home may not have been fully ravaged by fire, but for sure, smoke filled its every corner. It is important to act quickly, and if possible, have a professional smoke damage restoration company remediate the smoke damage in a home.