The Reality of Smoke Damage

Fires are one of the most traumatizing events that can happen to homeowners and renters. The unfixable damage to one’s personal property is heartbreaking. You may have a house covered in black soot, however that does not necessarily mean everything ends up in the dumpster. STOP Restoration might be able to help save your smoke damaged personal goods.

Smoke damage doesn’t just come from a full house fire. There are other situations that can cause smoke damage. Burning food in the kitchen is one example. A wood fire stove that doesn’t get vented properly will also cause a lot of smoke damage. Leaving the door or window open when the BBQ is burning for an extended amount of time can also cause smoke damage in some cases. Smoke at small levels can typically dissipate on its own. Larger quantities can linger for weeks and even years depending on the severity.

Smoke is sneaky. It makes its way into every little nook and cranny, and attaches itself to everything. The smell can linger for years following a fire. It is important to get moving quickly on the cleaning and restoration process after a fire occurs. Smoke can continue to damage your home and household items the longer it sits there. For example, smoke can etch and discolor things like wood, glass, carpet and clothing. If cleaned immediately, the lasting effects of smoke damage can be minimized.

Each item that has smoke on it will need to be individually cleaned with the proper cleaning supplies to remove all the soot and odor. There are specialty stores that sell these products however many local hardware stores such as Home Depot can carry a few items meant for smoke damage. This can be a daunting task which is why hiring a company like STOP Restoration can help to alleviate some of the stress associated with a house fire and smoke damage. We are a certified restoration company with trained professionals that knows what is and is not salvageable, and how to save what we can. We also have the equipment necessary to aid in making sure all smoke odor is eliminated from the property and personal items.

Once everything salvageable has been cleaned, additional measures such as ozone treatment may be used to ensure that any residual odors are removed before returning you belongings to your home. An Ozone machine breaks down odor causing molecules and eliminates them permanently. This allows you to feel assured that STOP Restoration can get rid of all the smoke smell.

STOP Restoration wants you to trust that your home will be in pre-loss condition or better when everything has been cleaned and put back together. We take our time to make sure things are done right. If you find yourself in a home filled with smoke after a fire, call STOP Restoration!