Smoke and Soot Damage
Smoke and Soot: The Damaging After effects of a Fire
The smallest of fires, even if it isn’t at your Chicago, IL business or home, can lead to smoke damage and soot damage. Although the flames may be gone, the high acidic levels of smoke and soot can penetrate into materials and leave long-lasting effects.
Within minutes of a fire, smoke and soot are already beginning to damage your property. As soon as the fire is out and everyone is safe, making preparations for smoke cleaning and restoration are keys to getting your business back to normal. If left unchecked, the damage timeline can be extensive.
- During the first few minutes, walls, plastics and porous materials will become stained.
- Within hours, the acidic properties of soot and smoke can begin to affect metals, grout and other materials.
- After a few days, stains can become permanent, as corrosion and rust can begin forming. Porous materials, such as flooring and upholstery, will likely need to be replaced.
- As weeks go by, without proper cleaning, it can result in the loss of furniture, electronics and other supplies, as well as require more extensive repairs to walls, flooring, ceilings and other structural materials.