What Do Residents Need to Know About Smoke and Fire Damage in Their Seattle Home?
SERVPRO Has Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Technicians to Help Seattle Residents
When materials burn, they produce smoke. The type of smoke released is dependent on the material construction burning; however, they can be broadly grouped into synthetic and natural categories. Synthetic smoke is often wet or greasy and generally more challenging to clean. Many homeowners may find that household products spread wet smokes around, causing further harm to surfaces or appliances. We have a highly trained team capable of identifying different types of smoke and soot and employing the correct restoration method of each kind. We can help with things like:
- Smoke damage
- Odor control
- Appliance cleaning
The impact of smoke and fire damage in your Seattle home can depend on the length of time that the fire burned and the relative temperature. Slower burning fires, which generally involve synthetic materials, can often harm your contents and building assembly. A slow-burning fire produces thicker smoke which builds up consistently on walls or ceilings. Sometimes, these smoke deposits become ingrained or bonded with the surface and require chemical action. You must enlist a professional restoration technician before applying water to any smoke stains. However, we recommend that you open windows and perform light vacuuming to assist with the departure of soot or unpleasant scents.
- Avoid foot traffic over areas of the home near where the fire broke out. Standing on sooty carpets can compress ash or smoke residue into fibers causing permanent damage.
- Chemical agents such as solvents are generally used to help remove wet smokes from surfaces which often respond badly to the introduction of water.
- Clothing and other textiles can often be collected for wet and dry cleaning by SERVPRO professionals at our off-site facility.
It is important to act quickly after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle for smoke and fire damage at (206) 282-9500.