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Fire & Smoke Odors are Damaging

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire & Smoke Odors are Damaging Call SERVPRO When Fire Strikes East Arlington

SERVPRO Restores Smoke Damaged Structures and Belongings

Smoke odor is not just a result of fire damage, but a symptom of a larger problem: smoke damage. Not only does fire cause devastating damage, but the smoke odors in the aftermath of a fire can be just as disastrous.
Fire damage in East Arlington can be sudden, confusing, and stressful. With all of the cleanup, soot removal, deodorization, and after-fire work that must be done, it can be very overwhelming for any homeowner. This is why it is important to know that you can rely on SERVPRO to be there in your time of need and to respond to your disaster with our best professionals.
Smoke Damage
Fires create two different types of smoke damage: the visible soot and the invisible odor. We know that every fire is different: each one has a unique cause, environment, fuel, contaminants, heat intensity, the length of burning, “after fire” activities, and interior contents being burned. This means that smoke odor from wood will react differently to professional cleaning products than smoke smells created by the burning of plastics.
Odor as a Symptom of Damage Rather than as a Result of Damage
Smoke odor is more than a consequence of a fire; it is, in fact, a very major symptom of ongoing damage. Odors contain chemical, toxins, and other harmful particles. When plastic burns, for example, dioxide is formed and can be deadly. Wood can burn and be quite harmless. However, in the modern household, we have a huge range of items from plastics, woods, laminate, carbon, synthetic fabrics, pressed wood, metals, and other materials.
A fire will affect each of these materials differently and will let off different odors into the air, some of them toxic. So, regardless of whether your clothing in your closet upstairs was anywhere near the fire or not, you could still be at risk of coming into contact with toxins. The odor will fill your home, alerting you to the fact that burned material has spread into the air.
Removing Odor
After the professional deodorizing process completed by fire damage specialists from SERVPRO, it is important for your clothes and fabrics to be cleaned. Your local SERVPRO will probably have access to an Esporta Machine which does an incredible job of cleaning smoke odors, dirt, and soot. Many fire departments employ our services to clean their Breakout Gear. However, you must first assess what type of cleaning you need based on the fabrics that were contaminated as well as what type of fire you experienced.
Remember that fires create different odors based on what had been burning, from plastics to wood. This will have an effect on the method of cleaning and type of cleaning products that will be used to clean carpets, upholstery, and other textiles. Dry cleaners and professional carpet cleaners are needed to do the most effective job, as they are knowledgeable about the effects of smoke and odor on different types of fabrics. In extreme cases, throwing out items may be necessary.
Always seek out the advice of professionals before taking on potentially expensive or risky cleaning. Rather than possibly ruining your textiles by doing it yourself, seeking us out to evaluate the condition of the fire damaged belongings, is your best choice.
Contact Us
Call SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 immediately after experiencing a fire event. No matter how big or small, our specially trained Fire & Smoke experts are available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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