After a house fire, the damages to your property can be many and severe. If the flames didn’t directly damage parts of your home or personal items, then it’s likely they may have been affected by the resulting smoke and soot. When this is the case, you absolutely need professional smoke damage restoration services. Attempting to clean up the smoke damage yourself can put your health at risk, only to end up with a partially cleaned home. Here’s what you need to know about smoke damage restoration in conjunction with fire restoration services to bring your home back to its pre-disaster state.
Airing Out The Property
The first step to smoke damage restoration is removing lingering smoke odors and particles from your home by airing out the property. Ventilating your property with open doors and windows, along with strategically placed fans, will force out the smokey air while bringing in the fresh air. Any particles suspended in the air or loosely clinging to surfaces can be exhausted from the home, even in rooms not directly touched by fire damage.
Cleaning Affected Surfaces and Items
Smoke damage restoration tackles cleaning your affected surfaces and items that may be trapping smoke and soot residue that can cause harmful health effects. Not all smoke damage is visible, but you can certainly smell it. Ceilings, walls, and other solid surfaces need to be cleaned and wiped down accordingly. Further, carpeting and your upholstery furniture can trap a lot of smoke particles, which will require special care. A thorough cleaning and restoration process means you won’t need to throw away your furniture. Also, your HVAC system will need to be addressed. A dirty or damaged HVAC system will circulate unhealthy air back into your home after smoke damage restoration.
Restoring Your Home
The finishing phases of smoke damage restoration focuses on bringing your home back to its original state. Whereas fire damage may require you to rebuild floors and walls, smoke damage can be covered up. If the walls or ceilings have absorbed too much of the smoke odor or the smoke left stubborn marks that can’t be cleaned off, a fresh coat of paint can hide it. Of course, if repainting an existing wall, it should be cleaned off as best as it can then prepped with a paint primer to seal in remaining odors that won’t seep through the new paint.
Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration From Smith & Son’s
At Smith & Son’s, we have provided the state of Maryland with top-notch workmanship on our restoration and remodeling jobs for over three decades. We have 24/7 availability and exceptional customer service, along with the expertise to complete all of your interior and exterior home remodeling needs. We take pride in what we do, and we know that you will too. For an exceptional job at an honest price throughout the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-410-245-5954 for 24/7 insurance home emergency service. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and contact us here. We look forward to serving you.