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Why It's Important for Professionals to Take Care of Smoke Damage

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Why It's Important for Professionals to Take Care of Smoke Damage

A fire in a home or a fire in a business can leave extensive smoke damage as well as fire damage. While most individuals believe they can clear out the smoke smell after a fire, it generally requires a complete fire damage restoration before all smoke damage and soot damage can be reversed. Soot settles into surfaces only minutes after a fire and can be extremely stubborn. These particles not only cause odor, they can be dangerous to inhale. Only a certified professional can guarantee that soot damage and smoke damage is reversed safely and completely.

Immediately after a fire in a home or a fire in a business, it is important to call a restoration company, since they can arrange for the immediate boarding up of the property. This ensures security while the fire damage restoration process is going on. It can be unsightly to board up a home or a business, but this is certainly preferable to further commercial fire damage. With the property boarded up, the restoration company can evaluate for soot damage.

Before a professional upholstery and fabric specialist can remove soot from any surfaces in the property, the flooding and excess water from firefighting must be extracted by another licensed professional. This will prevent water damage from adding to the fire damage already present. It will also prevent mold from growing in the moist areas in the property.

Fire cleanup can start after the property is dry. The smoke smell that lingers after extensive fire damage is irritating, but it can also cause smoke damage to the lungs. A complete fire damage restoration purifies the air with industrial air purifiers so that it becomes safe to breathe, even for young children, the elderly, and even the infirm. Commercial fire damage can cause an even stronger smoke smell if industrial equipment is damaged. A fire in a business is often treated differently than a fire in a home.

A fire cleanup company will also help to sort all personal items and evaluate them for soot damage. If smoke has entered the personal items, it may be more cost-effective to replace them rather than to restore them. However, many individuals place quite a bit of sentimental value on their personal belongings and prefer for them to be restored without the smoke smell. Commercial fire damage tends to be evaluated for cost-effectiveness. Either way, it is imperative that the smoke is completely extinguished from the items before they can cause any harm to individuals who may come into contact with them.

A restoration company will also arrange for debris that has been irreversibly damaged to be removed via crane if necessary. It is important during the fire damage restoration process that a professional evaluates the fire damage to objects caught in the fire so that they can decide whether or not something is safe to be salvaged. A fire cleanup can often be a disposal of all items that can cause harm, even if the property owner is unaware of their dangers.

A fire in a home or a fire in a business can also require collaboration with the local fire department for prevention of further disaster. A restoration company will both board up a property and manage access to it so that all necessary parties can help to prevent further harm. Commercial fire damage can spread if prevention methods are not decided upon and implemented.

A fire cleanup is both impossible and unsafe for an individual who is not licensed and trained. A restoration company is necessary to ensure the safest and quickest path toward normalcy after a shocking disaster like a fire. Smoke inhalation is often more dangerous than the fire itself, and all properties that have undergone a fire must be evaluated for the risks that lingering smoke might have on individuals who will come into contact with it. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on fire damage.

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