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A Close Look at 3 Types of Damage From a Fire

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Black soot around a door frame. oot requires specific cleaning methods as it can penetrate porous items and find its way into the smallest openings.

Three Types Of Damage From a Fire

A lot goes on in your building after a fire and it can be difficult to accurately quantify the damages amid the chaos. You might focus on the visible structural damage, but there could also be significant smoke damage that needs to be addressed. Working with a trusted local fire restoration company will help your company take care of all damage caused by a fire.

1. Soot Damage

These small, grainy particles from a fire can quickly spread throughout your building in Treasure Island, CA. Soot requires specific cleaning methods as it can penetrate porous items and find its way into the smallest openings. Just moving too freely in an area with soot can cause further spread of the particles, and using the wrong methods can cause additional and irreversible damage to equipment and sensitive systems.

2. Smoke Damage

This invisible presence after a fire poses many challenges for cleanup crews. Even after a thorough cleaning, the smoke odor can return in just a few days and linger for weeks or even months. The proper techniques and equipment are mandatory. A professional smoke cleaning includes the use of approved agents, a regimen of cleaning and sanitizing, and the cleaning of personal items. In some cases, items have to be taken off-site for effective cleaning of smoke odors.

3. Water Damage

Nearly every significant fire also results in damage from the water used by fire fighting equipment. This should be removed at once, and then the affected surfaces and items should be dried completely. Specific measures for dealing with sensitive equipment such as computers and lighting must be followed. Failure to address water damage could lead to mold growth and other problems.
Issues such as smoke damage require advanced techniques from trained professionals. Cleaning up after a commercial fire is a multi-faceted undertaking.

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