The type of smoke, heat and the variety of building materials greatly affects the smoke damage restoration process. Typically fire losses result in complex damages due to the unique behavior of smoke and soot migration. The smoke damage restoration specialists at Restoration Services know where smoke and soot will penetrate within the cavities of your home. If not handled properly, this smoke and soot will develop pungent odors that can be difficult to remove. Time is of the essence after a fire, major damages can be prevented by immediately contacting our smoke damage experts.
Some different causes of smoke damages include grease fires, furnace puff backs, overcooked food, electrical malfunctions, appliances malfunctions and forgetting to open the fireplace flu before a fire.
Assessing the Damage
During our free inspection of your smoke damaged home, we will survey the structure and assess the extent of smoke and soot migration. Certain types of wet and dry soot caused by smoke are harder to clean than others from building materials and contents. These residues are sticky, smear easily and cause odors. During this time we will work with you to create a smoke damage restoration plan to fit your needs — including helping you to determine if the structure is safe to occupy.
Cleaning Up the Mess
Containment of your home’s smoke damage remains vital to preventing further damage. The unaffected areas must be addressed and contained as to not cross contaminate. The contents of your home will be inspected and inventoried; any items that are damaged beyond repair will be indexed for you and your insurance company. This includes furniture, clothing, knick-knacks, kitchenware, toys and any other household item. Some items can be cleaned and deodorized right in your home, while other items will need to be taken off site for proper restoration. Our smoke damage experts will use the latest cleaning techniques to sanitize the affected building structures and surfaces of your home, including walls, ceilings and flooring.
For more information about smoke damage restoration and how the Grand Rapids and Traverse City restoration specialists at Restoration Services can help restore your home, contact us here or call us directly at 616.951.7015 in Grand Rapids or 231.218.8706 in Traverse City.