After a fire, the smoke damage is usually painfully obvious: crispy-charred furniture, discolored walls, and a jumble of melted belongings. It can also produce smells with harmful side effects. Even more confusing, some signs of smoke damage occur immediately while others are only apparent days after the fire. It’s important to know exactly how and where fire damage can impact your home before the clean up process begins; some areas of your home may have smoke damage that’s not visible.
At Restoration 1 in Greensboro we want you to know that shortly after a fire, the effects of smoke damage are visible on walls, ceilings and surfaces, appearing as stains and discoloration. Within a few days, walls and flooring may begin to turn yellow. Plastic surfaces and appliances become discolored and warped. Several hours after a fire, metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion.
Marble, granite or travertine surfaces of porous stone usually become permanently discolored from the acidic residue found in soot. This residue can also permanently tarnish metals and mirrors. Glass and copper can get ‘etched’ from the mix of chemicals.
Not only can you see the damage, you can smell the damage. Smoke produces tiny particles of carbon in the air, called soot. Several components contribute to the smell that lingers after fire damage.
The source of the odor can oftentimes be difficult to pinpoint; it can embed in the pores of wood or get trapped in upholstered furniture. You’ll need professional help to save these pieces. Most household deodorizing sprays and disinfectants provide only temporary relief. In reality, some sprays may interact with smoky odors and create a more offensive odor.
While fire damage is visible on walls and ceilings, smoke residue can get trapped in your ventilation system. During a fire, smoke can permeate walls and drift through ventilation ducts, where it becomes trapped. If not properly removed, smoke odor reoccurs from time to time, especially during warm or damp weather plus whenever the HVAC system restarts. These loose soot particles could even cause respiratory problems for those with delicate health.
If any wiring is exposed to fire damage, it usually means that the electrical system has been compromised, as well. Depending on the source of the fire, any of the following electrical components may be damaged: wiring, cords, outlets, switches, fuses and breaker boxes. Appliances that have been affected by fire damage can show signs of corrosion, experience short circuits, malfunction, or fail completely.
Firefighters used lots of water–water damage could cause more damage to your electrical system if not properly repaired. Damaged wiring may arc or cause power surges that could permanently damage devices plugged into the system: refrigerators, computers, TVs, etc.
No matter the level of destruction to your home, you should always consult licensed and trained industry professionals to access smoke or fire damage before you move forward with restoration and repairs. The team at Restoration 1 also provides support after a house fire, as well as emergency services, storm damage services, and sewage system cleanup.
Restoration 1 not only cares about “restoring your home”, they realize you need to restore your life.
My experience with Restoration 1 was great. My point of contacts kept me informed at every step of the process and always called to confirm appointment details. Both Todd and Charles are excellent representatives of the company and I am very pleased with the timing of the repairs and the restorations/repairs that were performed at my residence. I would highly recommend Restoration 1 to others and (GOD forbid) I would certainly use them again if the need arose. Keep up the professional work and great customer service!
This team at Restoration One was Amazing! They took care of all our needs from start to finish. Very thorough and professional, I would highly recommend this team to anyone needing assistance.
What a Fantastic Experience we had with Restoration One . Their team was so experienced and took care of everything we needed from A to Z. I would highly recommend this team to anyone needing help.
Top notch. From a quick response, effective water mitigation, listened to my concerns, flexible scheduling of repairs and excellent repair work. Restored to like new!
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