Fires Do More than Burn! Protect Your Property After the Flames are Put Out

room damaged with fire and smoke

When a home or business suffers a fire, the effects can result in damages that exceed the specific pieces of the property burned. Certain perishable items or materials react to smoke residue in such a way that they can become damaged beyond repair even though the fire never physically touched them. For this reason, it is imperative that you call a professional right away after a fire has been put out in order to correctly assess the level of damages to your property. When you act fast, you can salvage certain items that may have been ruined if left to corrode for too long.  At ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services, we care about the recovery process and want to help you restore your property to its fullest potential after a fire damage disaster. Look for these additional signs of damage after a fire:

Spoiled Food

Smoke particulates can penetrate boxed and bagged foods, contaminating the foods contained therein with carcinogens. You should never eat any food that has been exposed to smoke from a property fire, since the particulates in the smoke can also contain potentially harmful vapors from the materials burned. In addition, the heat from a fire can cause cans or other sealed items to expand and contract, which may lead to spoilage. If the electricity was affected and had to be turned off for a period of time, you may want to check your freezer and fridge for spoiled foods.

Smoke Residue

As we mentioned above, smoke particulates can infiltrate into any part of your home. Measuring only about 0.004 microns wide, these tiny particles can work their way into your clothes, furnishings, carpet, wallboard, insulation, and foods even if you can’t see them. Depending on the materials burned in the fire, different types of smoke residue can occur. Natural materials like wood and paper will result in ash while more synthetic products like plastics or fabrics will leave a smeary residue that can actually result in even more damage when cleaned improperly. Having a professional come in to clean up the aftermath of a fire is always the best choice, as it can be difficult to determine the most appropriate cleaning method if you don’t have the knowledge of differing types of fire and smoke damage. When cleaned improperly, oil from your hands or compounded soot results in further damages.

Water Damage

This one may not be the first thing on your mind after experiencing a fire, but oftentimes the water used to put out fires can have their own lasting effects on your property. You’ll need to properly dry out your carpets, walls and belongings to prevent mold or mildew from developing. Water damage is also a time sensitive issue, so calling a professional right away remains the smartest option for obtaining a full recovery after a fire.

ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services is a full service disaster restoration company with the ability to restore your property and belongings to their pre-loss condition after fire damage, water damage, or even mold contamination. If you need help recovering from a recent property disaster, call us today in  Middlesex, Mercer, and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey.