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The Effects of Smoke and Fire Damage After a Few Hours

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Damage from a fire does not end once the flames are extinguished. In addition to creating an unpleasant odor, smoke and soot residue can continue to cause damage with every passing second. Here is a brief overview of the damage you can expect after only a few hours:

Following a fire, smoke particles will be everywhere. Many of these particles are 0.004 microns in size, or about a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair. They can penetrate just about any surface or container from your carpet to your clothes and even many kinds of food packaging. To make matters worse, you will also be dealing with soot residue. This residue is the real culprit behind the ongoing damage that will happen after a fire. Soot contains acids that can discolor and corrode the surfaces it touches. Within just a few minutes of soot contact, plastics can begin to yellow. Stone materials like marble and alabaster may also become permanently discolored.

If soot residue is allowed to remain on surfaces in your home for hours, more materials will begin to be affected. You can definitely expect grout and fiberglass to yellow. You may also find uncoated metals, countertops, and furniture finishes beginning to change color.

Get professional help now by calling SERVPRO of Norfolk West for fast and effective emergency smoke damage restoration. We will get a fully trained, certified, and insured crew out to your property ASAP. Call us today at 757-625-1245.

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