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What Is Considered Smoke Damage? SERVPRO Smoke Damage Repair Specialists Help Homeowners Identify What Will Be Included In Their Fire Damage Claim

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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If your home has recently suffered from a fire loss, you may wonder what is considered smoke damage for insurance purposes.  

Smoke Damage On Walls And Ceilings 

After a fire occurs in your home, certified professionals must perform an inspection to test the smoke damage. The fire damage professional will determine which type of smoke damage has happened in the affected areas of your home.

Five types of smoke damage can be found after a home fire. SERVPRO smoke damage repair crews offer services to clean the following type of residues:

  1. Wet Smoke Residues – Wet smoke residues result from smoldering fires with low heat leaving residues that are incredibly sticky, smeary with pungent odors. This type of residue is the most common type of smoke damage that occurs in Dayton home fires. 
  2. Dry Smoke Residues – Dry smoke residues come from scorching fires. Dry smoke residues are often dry, powdery, and small. 
  3. Protein Residues –Protein residues will discolor the paint and wallpaper on your walls. Protein residues leave an extremely pungent odor. During the SERVPRO smoke damage cleaning, the professional will install an air purifier.  
  4. Fuel Oil Soot – The best example of fuel oil soot is a furnace puff back. 
  5. Smoke Webs – Smoke webs are residues from plastics, and other materials can form long chains of ionized smoke particles that will stick to the walls and ceilings of your home.

We base our cleaning procedures based on the information identified during the soot and smoke damage testing. 

Before starting the smoke damage cleanup and restoration process, the homeowner must stop the soot from spreading. It is best to shut off the A/C and open all doors and windows to allow the fresh air to enter to ensure that soot is not spreading through the entire house.  

Smoke Damage Cleanup Tips 

The smoke damage cleaning process begins with a trained professional dusting and vacuuming any loose soot that has been transmitted from the house fire. Next, for any walls and other hard surfaces, the professional will use a dry-cleaning sponge (chemical sponge). The chemicals within the sponge can remove the smoke and soot stains from walls and other hard surfaces. There is nothing worse than wet smoke residues, so we never use water or any soot cleaner before using the sponge. Water and any other liquid chemicals will spread the soot causing the smoke damage clean up to be more difficult. 

Smoke Damage Cleaning Products 

Cleaning smoke damage is an extensive process; depending on the size of the fire damage, cleanup will take days to months to perform. You have learned that the start of the smoke damage repair process requires an inspection to know what kind of damage is present. Fire damage restoration professionals need to evaluate the type of smoke damage and the materials that have been damaged before cleaning begins. The smoke damage type will verify what kind of cleaning products that are necessary to use. In our arsenal, we have industrial-grade products to clean the most severe types of smoke damage. In worst-case scenarios, we will have to remove the damaged drywall and replace it "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO smoke damage cleaning crews are the best in Ohio. When you are looking to hire a fire damage restoration company, make sure that they have the knowledge and ability to clean all size disasters. 

If your home has recently suffered from a fire damage loss in Dayton, Ohio, call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to clean up the smoke damage. Our Dayton clean up crews are highly skilled and are available 24/7. 

Call us today (937) 228-3433 

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