Utah Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration
Fires of all sizes can cause significant damage to a home or business. Not just the fires themselves, but the resulting smoke and soot damage as well as the water used to extinguish the fire out. Fire damage can happen any time of year. Fire & smoke are not the only types of damage in the event of a fire. The resulting water damage should be addressed immediately.
The smoke residue and soot from fire damage should be addressed as soon as possible. Smoke soot is highly acidic and within days, it can permanently damage many surfaces in your home or business. An initial cleaning or neutralization of this strong acid should begin right away.
Anyone entering a heavily smoke or fire damaged area should always wear personal protective equipment. This personal protective equipment should consist of respiratory protection and should also include: goggles, hard hat, gloves and protective foot wear. If there is structural damage, be especially careful.
The procedures for fire restoration can vary widely depending on how much structural damage there is, the heat of the fire, and the types of materials burned in the fire. The soot, ash and chemicals produced can vary and require different cleaning procedures. Smoke and fire damage restoration expenses will usually be covered by insurance, but always remember it is your choice of whom you have do the work on your home or property.
Questions & Answers About Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration
Q: Can I clean the smoke damage myself?
A: While very minor smoke damage can be cleaned with common household products, smoke damage remediation should be left to the professionals. If the clean up is not handled properly, the smoke damage can smudge walls, wallpaper, carpeting and it can even change the consistency of plaster in your property.
Q: How do I know what was affected by the smoke damage in my property?
A: Some common items that are often overlooked are:
Food : Smoke can penetrate most packaging. All food stored in the home should be carefully inspected before deciding to keep it or not. If in doubt, throw it out!
Refrigerator : The refrigerator is often overlooked after a fire. Carefully inspect the inside of your refrigerator before compromising your family’s health. You should never store food in a refrigerator affected by smoke damage.
Plants : House plants can suffer long-term effects after being exposed to smoke. In most cases, simply wiping down the plant can be helpful. Leaving the plants outdoors to help regenerate affected cells can help restore your plants health.
Clothing : A fire may have happened on the other side of your property; however, smoke travels further than flames. Be sure to clean all clothing that may have been exposed to smoke.
Q: Will my insurance cover smoke damage repair?
A: In most cases, yes! Most insurance carriers cover the restoration process of your property after a fire. It will also cover the smoke damage cleaning process (including temporary re-location) while the work is being done.
Q: What can be cleaned and what will need to be replaced?
A: That question is asked over and over again for every component and all contents. If something can be cleaned, deodorized and restored at a lower cost than replacement, it should be restored.
Q: It was just a stove fire, but there is a lot of odor. Do I need professional help?
A: If the odor is not gone after opening your windows for several hours, you will probably need some heavy duty cleaning and deodorizing. If there are chard, burnt or melted materials you will probably need professional help.