While flames can cause significant damage to homes, many people often forget about smoke damage and soot damage.
Smoke and soot leave dangerous toxins and odours behind. Whereas flames are generally restricted to the fire ignition area (i.e. the kitchen or bedroom), smoke will travel throughout the property through hallways & stairwells, ventilation systems or openings around pipes, allowing smoke damage and soot to affect rooms in different areas of the house that were nowhere near where the fire started. This means the damage caused by soot and smoke is often more extensive than the damaged caused by flames.
Whether its home or business; Specialised Restoration Services (SRS) technicians know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralisation, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When restoration is prolonged, the effects brought on by the smoke exposure is extended.
- Within minutes; acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolour; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolour permanently.
- Within hours; acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fibreglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish, counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly, refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolour.
- Within days; in time, acid residue cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metals corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot stained; upholstery stains permanently.
- Within weeks; restoration costs escalate tremendously, Synthetic carpet fibres may yellow or discolour permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.