Houses with smoke damage are more common than most people would presume. Therefore, you don’t need to panic when it happens to your house. Smoke damage commonly affects the air quality of your home, wooden furniture, fabric like drapes, and upholstered furniture.
This poses the question; is it safe to stay in a house with smoke damage? The answer to this is that it depends on different factors. In this blog, you will learn about the factors to consider before concluding on the safety of your house.
Smoke damage comes in many different forms, including cigarette smoke, smoke from a cooking fire, and smoke from a structural fire. And while each category of smoke damage can be dangerous, the severity of the fire, the materials that ultimately burned, and if the fire was contained or not really determine the proper type of mitigation required; and if it’s safe to be actively living within the property or not.
When assessing smoke damage within a home, it’s important to understand the importance of soot and debris, as these two items dictate the appropriate restorative response.
Debris, or the remnants from a fire (think coals in a fire pit) can come in many different shapes and forms, depending on the severity of the fire, and the materials that were involved. In these instances, assuming that the fire burned with little to no soot, the debris can be removed from the home, the proper cleaning techniques can be applied, and the area can be restored to its original form.
Soot on the other hand is the result of incomplete combustion, and often described as a black powdery residue that can stick to just about anything (and spread to just about anywhere). Removal of soot can, in most cases, require professional cleaning due to how quick it can spread, how dangerous it can be, and where it can actually penetrate within a home (in walls, crevices, etc.). The process we follow at Green Clean is as follows:
*Note: In many smoke damage situations debris and soot both exist, resulting in a combination of the cleaning explanations listed above.
Ultimately, if you aren’t sure how to clean up after you experience smoke damage, or if you’re not confident on the extent of the damage, please give our restoration team a call right away. Improper cleaning of smoke can cause further damage, which can be very costly to your bank account and to your family’s health.
So, please take any smoke damage you experience very seriously, and give Green Clean a call. We’re the right team, right away.Prev: 5 Things to Bring Up to your Insurance Agent on your Annual Review.Next: When Is It Appropriate to Test for Lead and Asbestos?View All Resources