Smoke: When It Lingers
As the fall temperatures blend into the chill of winter weather in our area, it's time for campfires! If you have ever sat around a campfire, you know how annoying smoke can be. Not only can it cause your eyes and lungs to burn, but lingering smoke odor can feel impossible to eliminate. Especially on clothing and fabrics. While no one wants to experience a house fire in Henderson or Oxford, everyone should be prepared for what is often the worst part of a residential house fire: having a smoke-damaged home. Whether your home is damaged from a candle, space heater, cooking or even an electrical fire, our fire restoration service professionals have the expertise to combat smoke using the following four steps:
1. Taking Note of Damage
The minutes, hours, and days following a home fire can be very stressful. First, firefighters must ensure that no one remains inside the house. Then, they often must use extraordinary measures to extinguish blazes. When restorers arrive to survey the extent of fire damage, they often must board up windows and seal doors to prevent looting, vandalism, and other criminal acts.
2. Repairing the Structure
Before restorers can focus on cleaning soot from walls, they usually must repair the structure. Since fire-related water damage can cause floors to buckle and walls to sag, initial repairs are often costly and time consuming. When the structure is safe to enter, the fire restoration service can focus on removing smoke odors from your smoke-damaged home.
3. Cleaning Personal Belongings
Your home is more than just a roof and walls. Rather, it is important to you because of the things inside it. Since fire restorers take salvageable personal belongings off-site to clean, they often can work on restoring your keepsakes while your house is being repaired. This can include furniture, fabrics, electronics, and even family photos!
4. Removing Remaining Smoke
Smoke odors can linger forever if restorers aren’t careful to completely remove them. Using deep-cleaning methods, the restoration service clears soot from HVAC systems. Then, they use special filters to remove smoke and soot particles from the air. Smoke is often the worst part of a residential house fire. Generally, though, by working with a fire restoration service in Henderson, NC, you can restore your smoke-damaged home to normal.