When we hear about a fire, we assume the flames are what cause the damage. Unfortunately, even after the fire is put out, further destruction can occur from the leftover smoke itself. Smoke can spread and harm areas of your home that the fire didn’t even reach. The smoke restoration process should start as soon as possible after the fire to prevent permanent damage.
Common Causes of Smoke Damage
Fires can begin from a multitude of ways. Here are some common causes of smoke damage to be aware of:
- Cooking equipment
- Heater equipment
- electrical/lighting equipment
- Washing machine and dryer
- Smoking cigarettes
- Lighting candles
How Does Smoke Affect Your Household Items?
The heat mixed with the acids that are often found in smoke have the power to do some major damage to household items. A lot of common substances in the household can be negatively affected. Metals can be corroded, plastic and marble can be discolored, and wood can soak in smoke and soot.
Household items that are commonly damaged by smoke
Soot is a black powdery substance that results from burning matter. It is sticky, dark, and extremely difficult to clean. Unfortunately, fabrics that are typically used to make clothing are an easy target for soot damage. The soot sticks to the fabric and can cause permanent discoloration and a smoke odor if not cleaned properly, as soon as possible.
Similarly to clothing, carpet and rugs can be easily stained if they are not cleaned as soon as possible. The soot and ash cling to the fibers in carpet and can start causing permanent discoloration and odor very quickly. Professional carpet cleaning is recommended.
Unfortunately, appliances such as your oven, stove, and refrigerator can be harmed by smoke and soot. Not only can the smoke damage the outer part of your appliance, but the smoke can travel inside as well. A strong smell of smoke can be very hard to remove once smoke has reached the inside of your appliance.
Avoid Damage to Your Home, Call a Professional
While smoke is very harmful, it is possible to restore damage, as long as you immediately seek professional assistance. The sooner, the better, to prevent permanent damage to household items like your clothes, carpet, appliances, and more. Trust the restoration experts at Mighty Dry to properly take care of smoke damage. Call us at 858-648-6386 for more information or to schedule a restoration service!