How STOP Restoration of Chicago West Deals with Home Smoke Damage

Assessment, Restoration, Cleaning, and Smoke Damage Levels

This article covers how we deal with smoke damage. We also discuss the levels of severity when it comes to smoke damage and what actions to take if you have a smoke damage incident.

If there is one thing we know, dealing with smoke damage is never easy. No matter the size of the fire or how long it’s been burning, the damage smoke does to a home or business is significant. Without the proper knowledge and equipment, it can be impossible to return a building to its original condition.

Steps of Smoke Damage Restoration

Smoke damage comes from many sources, including cigarettes, fires, and cooking. Even if the damage seems minor initially, it can quickly become severe if not treated properly.

Damage Assessment

We check for soot and any other type of damage which may have occurred. This process is important as it helps us understand the full extent of the damage and develop a plan of action.

Plan of Action

Our engineers develop a plan of action tailored specifically to the home or business. We also consider the type of material burned and the severity of the damage.

Cleaning and Restoration

After the plan of action is implemented, our team cleans up the soot and water damage. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment to make sure the job is done right. This equipment includes air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and moisture meters.


The last step is to remove the unpleasant odor smoke leaves behind. Again, we use various techniques to accomplish this, including thermal fogging and ozone generators.

Levels of Smoke Damage

Like with other types of damage, smoke has a rating system to determine the severity of the damage. The levels help when creating the plan of action.

  • Light smoke damage is the least severe type of smoke damage. It is typically caused by small fires which burn for a brief time. The damage is usually limited to certain areas of the home and may not be visible.
  • Moderate smoke damage is more serious and is caused by larger fires which burn for a longer period of time. The damage is more widespread and is highly visible on walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • Severe smoke damage is the most serious type of smoke damage. It is usually caused by fires which burn for a prolonged period and at an extremely elevated temperature. The damage is widespread and can be found on all surfaces, including walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture.

Why STOP Restoration for Smoke Damage Restoration?

We are STOP Restoration of Chicago West, and we are a leader in the restoration industry. We have over 40 years of experience and are IICRC certified. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our work and are here to help you through every step of the smoke damage restoration process. Contact us today to learn how we can help.