There are lots of scary things about being a homeowner. Having a fire in your home is both a scary and dangerous situation. Once the fire is extinguished, the work isn’t over either. No matter the size of the fire, the damage can be extensive, and it isn’t limited to the immediate area of the fire. The soot and smoke damage can travel through the home, primarily if they aren’t dealt with right away.
The biggest problem with smoke damage is that the smoke can readily travel to other areas of the house. The adjacent rooms can easily sustain as much smoke damage as the room where the fire was. Soot presents the same problem as smoke does and can do as much lasting damage when it is tracked into other places. Soot damage is another issue that should be resolved as soon as possible before it does lasting damage.
Ash And Water
Another issue with smoke damage is a result of water (often from putting out the fire) mixing with soot and ash. The effect of this mixture is very corrosive, and it cannot be cleaned up with just soap and water. Cleaning this up requires the unique cleaning supplies and skills of a professional. The longer it is allowed to sit, the more extensive damage it can do.
Increased Expense To Clean
As time goes on, the soot and smoke damage become harder and more expensive to clean. The yellowing of the walls eventually becomes too extensive to be cleaned, and those walls need to be repainted or wallpapered. Similarly, damage to the floor that is left untreated could force you to replace the whole level. Even the lingering smell of smoke can become challenging to neutralize when it is allowed to sit.
Damage from smoke and soot can begin to set in within hours. When it goes untreated, it can do permanent damage to your home. Clothes, walls, artwork, and even wood furniture could stain or become yellowed and discolored. Even your floors could be permanently damaged and need to be replaced.
Prolonged exposure to smoke from a fire can be dangerous to your health as well. Even when you can’t smell the smoke, you could still be breathing in the hazardous after effects of the fire. This could be an especially big issue for anyone with chronic problems like asthma.
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