What You Don’t Know About Smoke and Soot Damage
As the winter season quickly approaches and activities move inside, the threat of a house fire increases during the winter months. Aside from the 4th of July, Thanksgiving and the December Holidays (Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s) are among the highest days of reported house fires. With the increase of cooking large meals, increase of heating equipment use, or additional combustible decor around the house, the chances for houses fires increase and so does the cost of loss.
After a significant loss, due to a house fire, there are important steps that need to be taken in order to limit the amount of loss and damage to your home.
After you get the authorization from the fire marshal to re-enter your house, it’s best to assess your loss. It is wise and often recommended to seek the expertise of a certified professional to assess the damage of your property. If there is standing water, soot and smoke damage they’ll have the equipment and knowledge on how to best resolve the issue and restore your home.
What is Soot?
Soot particles are incredibly fine making it easy for it to settle deep within porous surfaces and difficult to remove. Soot is the result of incomplete burning materials. Whether from fuel, coal or combustible items around the house, such as, plastics, metal and paper; soot reside can be heavily contaminated, and dangerous to someone without the proper disposal knowledge.
Soot can also appear if you have poor ventilation in your home, whether it be from over burning candles or a clogged chimney. A buildup of soot can negatively impact the air quality in your home which can lead to respiratory problems.
Dangers of Smoke and Soot
If not handled quickly and properly, the damage of smoke and soot can increase your potential of lost items. Because of the porous nature of walls, flooring and cabinets, smoke and soot can settle and continue to rot these surfaces if not cleaned thoroughly.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification reported, “Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage. Wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal begins to rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls begin to yellow. Clothing can become permanently stained. And finally, flooring may require refinishing or replacement.”
Why a Professional?
You may feel that you can limit your out of pocket expenses by doing the cleaning and repairs yourself. For instance, you may try to vacuum your carpet to lift the debris, however your standard brush vacuum can cause more damage by actually scrubbing the debris into the carpet, resulting in further loss.
With the help and expertise of the professionals at Clean Masters, we can alleviate your stress and limit the amount of damage to your possessions. Our technicians are trained to remove smoke and soot odor and residue efficiently and effectively. Additionally, we will work with your insurance provider to limit your out of pocket expense and restore your home to its former glory.