Having a fire in your home can be a terrifying experience. Hopefully the fire was small, well-contained, and firefighters were able to put it out quickly. Even if your home was saved, fires leave a lasting mark – smoke damage. You may think it’s just a matter of elbow grease, and the right products, but when you understand the facts about smoke damage you’ll understand that this job really should be left to professionals.
Fact #1: Unsafe
Even if you want to brave the mess and try to clean your home yourself, the fact remains that a house that has suffered fire and smoke damage is typically not safe to be in. If fire has damaged floors, walls, or roofing, you may be at risk for things falling in or out from underneath you. Before you enter your home, you’ll want to have a professional take a look and make sure it is safe to do so.
Not only can the integrity of your home be compromised, but smoke is made up of toxic gasses. If you’re in the home when the fire is in progress you need to get out and avoid breathing in smoke as quickly as possible. Cleanup needs to be done properly to make sure your home is a safe place for your family.
Fact #2: The Longer It Sits, the More Damage is Done
With such a big undertaking, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and procrastinate. But if you have smoke damage that is one of the worst things you can do. Smoke damage and ash can lead to unpleasant smells, discoloration, and even corrosion if left for any extended period of time. Ash especially needs to be cleaned up immediately as it will discolor plastic, tarnish metal, and even corrode fiberglass. The longer you wait the more damage will be done to your home and belongings.
Fact #3: Cleanup Requires Special Equipment and Knowledge
Because smoke damage is so invasive, it requires special equipment and knowledge to clean up properly. Did you know there are actually several different types of smoke? There is wet, dry, protein, and fuel-oil smoke. Depending on which type of smoke you have will depend on the method used to clean. It will also make a difference in how difficult it is to clean as well. Unless you are able to identify which time of smoke damage you’re dealing with, it’s best to leave it to professionals who have the knowledge and equipment to restore your home to a safe and comfortable condition.
Fact #4: The Smell Lingers
Even after your home has been restored structurally, the smell of smoke can linger. RestoreMasters uses the latest technology to rid your home of the smell and damage left from smoke. With the use of negative air machines, deodorizing crystals, and a professionally trained team wiping down your belongings, you can rest assured that the smell of smoke will be gone completely. If you have smoke damage, don’t wait to contact ResoreMasters!