Recovering from a house fire is a difficult process. For many people, it takes a lot of strength to overcome the emotional gravity and begin making arrangements for restoration work. One important step of home restoration is dealing with smoke damage. In this blog, fire and water damage company Action Restoration shares insight on why smoke damage should be prioritized.
Health Effects of Smoke Damage
Smoke from a house fire is a harmful mix of particles, such as soot and ash, as well as gases, such as carbon monoxide. Even after the fire is over, smoke damage will linger. Anyone who stays near the damaged areas without suitable protection would be at risk of the following:
Asthma — Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways to the lungs. Soot from lingering smoke has been known to aggravate asthma.
Emphysema — While commonly associated with smoking, emphysema can also occur in people who live in contaminated environments such as smoke-damaged homes. Emphysema results in hardened air sacs that can reach the point where it becomes incurable.
Chronic Bronchitis — Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Unlike acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis is persistent and is characterized by excessive mucus, coughing and chest pain that won’t go away.
Eye Irritation — This is due to floating particulates in the air. The longer the smoke damage remains unaddressed, the more persistent the eye irritation will be.
Other problems, such as chemical reactions between particulates and household products, as well as mold and mildew growth, can also happen if smoke damage isn’t addressed.
What Happens During Smoke Damage Restoration?
Restoration companies like us do much more than just a clean-up job. Smoke damage leaves many kinds of particulates that need to be removed. After a thorough safety inspection of the house, a restoration team will clear and haul away debris. At this stage, it is important to clear the site of people who are not part of the cleaning team.
To prevent soot from spreading, we use a special type of vacuum cleaner to remove soot, particularly near where the fire started. Important belongings that survived the fire will be retrieved for later cleaning. At this point, there will be standing water from when the firefighters put out the fire, which will also be removed. Lastly, whatever remains will be cleaned and deodorized. At this point, the extent of the repairs will be determined and discussed with the insurance provider.
Action Restoration is your leading provider of home restoration services, including mold remediation. Give us a call at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Grand Rapids and nearby areas.