Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke

The importance of timely restoration for fire damage

Unfortunately, fire damage and smoke damage go hand in hand

It’s natural for people to be initially more concerned about the physical damage that’s caused by a fire, but it’s also important to pay close attention to any smoke damage that your property sustains. In fact, the national average for fire damage costs is $10,560, and a significant portion of this figure can be caused by soot and smoke.

What Type of Damage Does Smoke and Soot Cause?

Smoke can get trapped inside your ducts and walls, and in some cases its odor will linger for quite a while. This is one of the most important reasons to consult with a professional when it comes to taking care of smoke damage. To make matters worse, if left untreated, the odor can permeate your whole house and get into your personal belongings.

Soot damage is often even more insidious than smoke because it’s oily and will stain your draperies, carpet, and other household items. Soot will also accumulate on your walls, and it typically takes a special chemical mixture in order to remove all of it. Keep in mind that soot must be completely removed from all of the items that you’re attempting to save before you have them deodorized or cleaned. Failure to take this step will make it virtually impossible for your items to become completely clean.

What If There’s Only a Minor Fire?

Some people believe that a minor fire that doesn’t cause any structural damage will leave them in the clear for issues with smoke and soot, but this isn’t necessarily the case. The reality is that even a fire that’s confined to one room can still cause smoke damage to spread into other areas of the house. This is also critical when you consider the fact that your insurance company isn’t likely to assist you if you find smoke damage after you’ve already settled your claim.

If you’ve sustained fire and smoke damage in your Northeast Indiana home, we’re here to help. Don’t wait! Get professional assistance handling fire, smoke, and other kinds of damage from Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling. Call today or fill out the contact form on our website to get started.