While fire damage is often a homeowner’s main concern after a disaster, addressing smoke damage is also vital. When it comes to health hazards and property damage, fire smoke poses greater risk than flames. In fact, it’s the leading cause of fire deaths.
Smoke from any type of fire is harmful to a person’s respiratory system, and it can affect the structure of your property in ways you wouldn’t expect.
In this article, Action Restoration, a top-rated company offering fire restoration and water extraction, among other services, discusses the factors affecting smoke distribution and the severity of smoke damage.
Consider the enclosed spaces, furniture and decorations in your home that interact with smoke. Typically, smoke damage occurs in closed closets and wall cavities that are almost closed off. This is due to the rapid movement of molecules in warmer air, which produces sufficient energy to carry smoke particles in the air. When these smoke particles reach cooler air where molecules move more slowly, the particles fall out of the airstream and onto the surfaces of these enclosed areas.
Smoke damage is also typically found directly above where the fire blazed since this has the highest concentration of smoke residue. It can also be found on the outside walls and windows. This is due to cold air sinking below warmer air, which then opens up a path for smoke to travel to the exterior walls and windows.
Air currents are responsible for carrying smoke and soot away from the fire and leave residue in various areas of your home. For instance, even if the forced-air system isn’t running, the smoke can still find its way into the ductwork and into the other rooms far away from the source of the fire.
Smoke particles are ionized, which means they have electrical charge attracting them to certain surfaces. This is the reason why, for example, smoke particles land in a ring around metal nail heads. Fire smoke is also more likely to end up on synthetic materials. Vinyl is one such material that attracts high concentrations of smoke often resulting in permanent stains.
Action Restoration is a family-operated business specializing in efficient and cost-effective restoration solutions. Our expertise includes water removal, smoke removal and fire damage restoration. Call us at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.