While a fire itself can be extremely dangerous and destructive, the damage caused in the aftermath of a fire is often worse. Even small fires can have extensive smoke-related damage present afterward. From smoke residue to smoke odor issues on your property, proper treatment is required to alleviate further damage and protect your loved ones. When it comes to both fire and smoke-related damage, we can help at Extreme Carpet Care and Restoration. For residential and commercial property owners alike, smoke residue needs to be tackled as soon as possible.
Give us a call today to learn more about how our expert remediation and restoration team can help you fight harmful smoke residue. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the hidden dangers associated with smoke.
Harmful Smoke Residue and Fumes
Professionals refer to damage caused by harmful residue and fumes as secondary damage. They categorize primary damage as any damage which resulted directly from the flames. In the aftermath of a fire, the secondary damage is often worse than the primary damage. Of course, this depends on what type of fire occurred. Factors such as what caused the fire, whether fire accelerants were present, and what items burned during the fire can all continue to the type of residue. Different types of smoke residue can be more harmful to human health and wellbeing. However, all types of smoke are dangerous. You should avoid contact with a property contaminated with smoke residue until restoration is complete.
Factors That Make Smoke Residue Even More Dangerous
There are a few specific factors that make smoke residues even more dangerous if present. First of all, if the fire was caused by accelerants or chemicals of any nature, the residue is likely contaminated with these chemicals. This frequently happens in industrial fires, garage fires, or fires at business locations. However, any fire can happen in the presence of dangerous household cleaners, accelerations, and chemicals, leaving behind chemical-based smoke residue.
Smoke residue contaminated with chemicals can cause burns, dangerous smoke inhalation, and even death, depending on what chemicals are present. Never re-enter the site of a chemical fire. Even the professionals wear specialized respiratory masks to protect themselves from these harmful fumes, odors, ashes, and smoke residue.