Fire damage from small fires or larger fires can have significant effects on buildings. The effects of smoke damage can be long-lasting and costly to repair. Smoke damage occurs when the byproducts of combustion – such as soot, ash, and carbon – settle on surfaces within a building. It happens during a fire or even when cooking with an open flame. Smoke particles are microscopic and can travel through the air easily until they find something to attach themselves to. The amount of smoke damage depends on several factors, such as the type of materials that caught fire. In addition, the duration and proximity of the flames to the affected areas.
how does smoke damage affect a building? Walls, ceilings, and floors may turn yellowish or brownish due to prolonged smoke particle exposure. This discoloration is often seen in areas free of direct flame contact but still receiving heat from nearby flames. A smoky odor lingers long after visible signs of smoke disappear. The odor comes from residual chemicals left behind by burning materials that adhere strongly to porous surfaces like floors, and furniture fabric. Soot and particulate matter released during combustion cause respiratory problems for people exposed to it for extended periods. It gets lodged deep inside our lungs leading to various health issues ranging from asthma-like symptoms to lung cancer. Smoke weakens structural components especially wood products like beams or trusses because it deteriorates glue lines between layers leading them to warp or crack over some time. Smoke particles can cause corrosion in metal components like electrical appliances which require immediate attention to avoid permanent damage.
What should you do if your building has smoke damage?
Contact a professional restoration company with experience handling smoke damage claims. They will assess the damage and provide recommendations. It is vital because experts understand how to handle different types of smoke and soot, including the best cleaning techniques. If you notice any danger of collapse or further structural damage, move out immediately because safety is paramount. Once it’s safe to enter again, ensure you secure all entrances from unauthorized entry. It is so nobody gets hurt while accessing the property without permission.
The restoration company will then perform an initial assessment of the property and determine what needs repairing or replacing. This includes checking for water damage from firefighting efforts as well as assessing air quality levels since toxic fumes may still be present after extinguishing flames. Once they’ve assessed the extent of the damage, they’ll begin cleaning up affected areas using specialized equipment designed for this purpose such as HEPA vacuums (high-efficiency particulate air). These machines remove tiny particles from surfaces like carpets, and walls. After completing cleanup operations, reconstruction begins where necessary such as repainting or repairing damaged drywall. Everything looks new again according to pre-loss condition standards set by insurance companies covering such losses under their policy terms & conditions.