Fire damage is often one of the most destructive forces that can take over a home. Many different things can cause a fire, from forgotten cooking appliances and heating devices, to faulty electronics and unexpected failures. Regardless of the cause, fire damage can affect many things and places in a home, even if the fire itself never reaches them. Below are some of the most common results of fire damage you may encounter outside of the burned area itself.
Soot and Ash on Objects
Ash may often travel across a home, coating things well away from the fire in a dirty, dark sheen. This may reach into crevices and crannies of an object, severely affecting things such as electronics or fabrics. Objects with smooth or solid exteriors can typically be wiped or washed off, and fabrics should be hand-washed before being put into a machine wash cycle. Although the technology involved is not complicated, large service teams such as those sent out by SERVPRO will typically expedite the cleaning process and mitigate fire and smoke damage. Electronics may often not be salvageable, although any data on them can usually be restored by data restoration specialists.
Smoke can remain as a strong odor for years after a fire, even if there are no visual signs of it. Smoke particles are incredibly small, and can embed themselves in the walls and ceilings of the house itself. A simple scrubbing job is most often not enough to fully remove smoke, and specialized equipment is necessary. Thermal foggers, ozone machines, and ULV foggers are both examples of smoke-removing or masking machinery that may be used in a fire restoration project.
Stuck Doors and Windows
Some doors and windows may frequently become stuck or resistant to movement after a fire. This is due to small amounts of ash and dust becoming embedded in hinges and tracks. This may take anything from a simple dusting to a removal of the door itself to fix, but shouldn't be particularly difficult. If an area or opening needs to be boarded up temporarily or permanently, SERVPRO Professionals can apply boarding materials and tarps as needed to prevent secondary fire damage to your structure.