The Damage That Can Be Caused by a House Fire

31 March 2020
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There can be nothing more destructive than a house fire. Even a small fire can have an impact that affects your entire home in ways you may not have thought of. Here is the damage the can be left behind after a fire.

1. Destruction

Anything in the direct area where the fire occurred is going to get destroyed. Chances are, things will be damaged beyond repair, with no option other than replacing them. This includes the personal property and appliances in the area, as well as parts of the structure of the home that were damaged. Destruction can extend all the way to the framing of the house in a kitchen fire, which will require major restoration to fix it.

2. Stains

All of that smoke will create a layer of soot over items in your home. That soot is going to leave ugly stains behind on everything that it touches. Some of these stains are harder to clean than others. Stains that appear on fabrics could be restored, but will likely require a fire damage restoration specialist to remove the soot stains using a special cleaning process. Meanwhile, stains that occur on plastic items may be damaged for good. If the soot permeates the plastic, there will be no way to remove the discoloration. These items will likely need to be replaced. 

3. Odors

Smoke can get everywhere in a home, and leave behind a horrible smoke smell wherever it travels. Smoke not only gets on the items within a room but it can get behind the walls as well. This means that a fire damage restoration team will need to open up the walls to treat the construction materials to remove the smell completely. If not, you could have a looming odor in your home that never seems to go away. Most odors are removed from personal items using an ozone process. It breaks down those odor-causing chemicals so that the smell is gone for good. 

4. Corrosion 

Soot can also be corrosive. Once soot gets inside electronic components, it can cause the circuit boards to break down over time by corroding the metal. The device may work fine after the fire and the exterior damage is fixed, but the inside of the item must be cleaned as well if you do not want corrosion to shorten the lifespan of the device. 

For more information, contact fire damage restoration services.