Fires are absolutely devastating. They not only damage your property, but they’re among the most dangerous occurrences any home or business can deal with. As per the US Fire Administration, they cause over $11 billion in losses a year.
Which is why, once they’ve passed without injury or worse, the relief any homeowner or business owner feels is unparalleled. But even after a fire has come and gone and the fire trucks have returned to their stations, there’s much work to be done cleaning up the messes.
Severe fires require nothing less than an intervention from your insurance provider. But when a small fire causes nothing more than a billow of smoke and soot, it’s often up to you to find a way to deal with the restoration efforts.
One of the most unsightly side effects from a small fire is smoke damage. When a fire occurs, the extreme temperatures not just force materials like wood and plastic to break down – it also drives carbon and other particles up through the hot air. That’s what smoke is. Once smoke reaches an obstacle – like a wall, or ceiling – it sticks to it, creating an unsightly discoloration.
Smoke and ash are also very potent discoloration materials. Within days and weeks, your property – from carpeting to glassware, plastics and more – will be discolored permanently, creating a more costly restoration. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to deal with the aftermath of a slight fire accident, you need speed more than anything.
Dealing with Smoke Damage
Dealing with smoke damage takes a long while. You’ll need heavy duty sponges and gloves, copious clean rags, warm water, protective goggles and very harsh cleaning products. Due to the dangers of dealing with such products for smoke cleaning, it’s typically advised for your own health and benefit to save your money and get a professional cleaning company to do the job. A reputable service like H2O Drying will be in and out, leaving behind a much safer and restored home.