Tips for Reducing Smoke Damage Losses

smoke damageSmoke damage can wreak havoc in your Minneapolis home, and it becomes harder to repair over time. Get rid of odors quickly to avoid a persistent problem.

Kitchen flare-ups, closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house charring walls, covering everything, and stinking up the place. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture. So get to work – but not without gloves, eye protection, a facemask, and a respirator to keep smoke particles off your skin and out of your lungs.

Ventilate

Once the fire’s out or the flue is open, ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage.

  • Throw open doors and windows.
  • Turn off HVAC systems to avoid further spreading smoke.

Smoke damage can affect some items within minutes and continues to affect other items as more time passes. In just minutes, acid soot residues can cause discoloration to many surfaces. After a few hours, grout will stain, fiberglass will turn yellow, metals will tarnish and countertop and appliances will yellow.

Within a few days, smoke damage can cause permanent yellowing of painted walls, metals will begin corroding, and wood furniture will require refinishing. At this point linoleum floors will need refinished or replaced, and clothing and upholstered furniture are permanently stained.

If smoke damage is left untouched for a few weeks, acid residues cause carpet fibers to yellow permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; and glass, china and crystal may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acids. Both the scope and cost of the loss escalate dramatically.

Call the Professionals at 24RESTORE

If you’ve had extensive smoke damage in Minneapolis or St. Paul, 24RESTORE can help you clean up and get rid of smoke odor.

If you have smoke damage to contents of any kind (unless it is food that was not in an airtight container) please DON’T throw any item away that has been heavily smoked damaged even if you believe it can not be saved until a professional at 24Restore takes a look at them. We have state-of-the-art contents cleaning equipment and the expertise to clean and save your belongings, heirlooms, photos, electronics, documents and more. Contact 24Restore today.

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