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The Effects of Smoke Damage After a Fire

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke and Soot Damage

There are various types of damage that you might be dealing with after a fire in your Baton Rouge, LA, building. Your first thoughts are likely the damage caused by the flames themselves, but smoke damage can be a big issue as well. The following are some things that can be affected by smoke and soot.

1. Hard Surfaces
When doing smoke cleaning, hard surfaces are generally the easiest to address. Because the surface cannot be penetrated, wiping down these areas or objects with a dry or wet sponge is often enough. If there is a large amount of soot, you may need to vacuum any excess beforehand.

2. Soft Materials
Because they are more absorbent, soft materials are more difficult to clean than hard surfaces. The smoke can travel inside the cloth, trapping soot and odors. Some objects will need to be dry cleaned while others can be put in a washing machine.

3. Electronics
Even if they were not in the immediate area where the fire occurred, you should have any electronics inspected by a professional if it is possible they were affected. Smoke cleaning should be done before these devices are turned on. If there is smoke inside, the heat can cause soot to spread throughout the device, resulting in rust and permanent damage.

4. The Environment
If smoke odor is lingering in the building even after thorough cleaning has been done, there may be smoke and soot particles in the air. A fire damage remediation company can use professional equipment, such as air scrubbers, to remove anything that may leave behind an unpleasant odor.
After a fire, smoke cleaning should be done as soon as possible. While it may not seem like an urgent matter, the corrosive elements present in soot can cause more damage than you may think. It can cause rust, discoloration, and other issues if not removed. However, properly treating each area can prevent this.

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