Recent Fire Damage Posts

Here Is What You Can Do, Within Your Home Or Property, After A Fire!

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

Experienced a fire and don’t know what to do now? Here’s a good place to start:

First and foremost, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. You should your keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Furthermore, if your electricity is off, you should empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. This will prevent food from spoiling and being wasted. Next, clean and protect chrome fixtures with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

Next, wash houseplants on both sides of leaves, change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. If you follow some of these minor tasks, you will for sure limit the amount of damage that could develop in your home or property after a fire.

Restoring Contents, Post-Fire!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO prides ourselves on being able to restore a variety of content after a fire; we do so using many different techniques to ensure your belongings are free from soot and malodors!

Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Call your local SERVPRO franchise for more information about content restoration!

Fire Loss - Start To Finish

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Many people know SERVPRO as a leader in the fire and water restoration industry; but we are wondering if they know what it actually takes to take on a fire loss from start to finish.

Here's a breakdown of how we do it:

1) One of the biggest things we hope to accomplish at a fire loss is to provide our board up service; if the property needs to be boarded up, we'll be able to make sure that anything (or anyone) won't be able to get inside your home or property.

2) The next step would be, after it is deemed safe to enter the property, is packing out all of the contents, returning it to our facility, then beginning the cleaning process. Depending on how soiled your content is, it will undergo a series of washes to ensure they are good to go.

3) We'll examine the property to see if there is any demolition needed — if there is, we make sure that all of the excess debris and clunks of rubble is removed before we start sanitizing the home.

4) Our experienced technicians scrub every crack and crevice of your property to ensure quality, working from top to bottom (to avoid missing spots), and with the determination to do a great job — we love what we do!

5) The cleaning process could take time; once it is completed, the area needs time to dry and be ready for living conditions.

6) Then, before you know it, it'll be a sunny Saturday morning, you'll be back on your favorite chair eating your favorite bowl of cereal, and you'll be happy you called SERVPRO to take care of your property while you were gone.

"Like it never even happened."®

How Exactly Does Smoke Damage a House?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

How Exactly Does Smoke Damage a House?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

The Makeup of Smoke

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.

Content provided by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in home. Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Philadelphia Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (215) 671-7777 

Let Us Calm Your Worries!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

It goes without saying: fire and soot damage can cause serious issues with your home or property. From lost belongings to after-fire damages, you will have a serious time trying to keep up with some of things that may have been lost because of it.

One thing you shouldn't have to worry about is how to clean up after your mess. That's where the pros at SERVPRO come into play. 

We can handle everything; from board-ups, to soot cleanup, to any aspect of a fire loss that needs restoration work. 

Do not hesitate to give us a call if you've been affected by a fire and don't know how to handle it. Our trained staff will be able to calm any worries you have because we'll get you back into your property "Like it never even happened."

Soot and Smoke: No Good!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that smoke and soot can sometimes cause just as amount of damage as an actual fire?

Smoke and soot can live within many household items for long periods of time, rendering those items pretty useless until they are cleaned properly and free from any contaminants.

This means that your carpets, upholstery, or anything that smoke or soot could infiltrate would need a deep cleaning in order for them to be deemed safe to utilize. It is a difficult time — dealing with the aftermath of fires — but we want to make things easier for you!

You can call us and be sure that we will utilize all the proper mitigation tools to take care your fire loss to bring you back to working order! We have a ton of experience dealing with fires, as it is one of the cornerstones of our business.

We are available 24/7 for all your emergency restoration needs! Whether you have a fire on the weekend, or you need us in the middle of the night — you can count on us! (215)536-7989

Fire Loss — Start to Finish

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Many people know SERVPRO as a leader in the fire and water restoration industry; but we are wondering if they know what it actually takes to take on a fire loss from start to finish.

Here's a breakdown of how we do it:

1) One of the biggest things we hope to accomplish at a fire loss is to provide our board up service; if the property needs to be boarded up, we'll be able to make sure that anything (or anyone) won't be able to get inside your home or property.

2) The next step would be, after it is deemed safe to enter the property, is packing out all of the contents, returning it to our facility, then beginning the cleaning process. Depending on how soiled your content is, it will undergo a series of washes to ensure they are good to go.

3) We'll examine the property to see if there is any demolition needed — if there is, we make sure that all of the excess debris and clunks of rubble is removed before we start sanitizing the home.

4) Our experienced technicians scrub every crack and crevice of your property to ensure quality, working from top to bottom (to avoid missing spots), and with the determination to do a great job — we love what we do!

5) The cleaning process could take time; once it is completed, the area needs time to dry and be ready for living conditions.

6) Then, before you know it, it'll be a sunny Saturday morning, you'll be back on your favorite chair eating your favorite bowl of cereal, and you'll be happy you called SERVPRO to take care of your property while you were gone.

"Like it never even happened."®

Restoring Contents, Post-Fire!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO prides ourselves on being able to restore a variety of content after a fire; we do so using many different techniques to ensure your belongings are free from soot and malodors!

Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Call your local SERVPRO franchise for more information about content restoration!

Here is what you can do, within your home or property, after a FIRE!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Experienced a fire and don’t know what to do now? Here’s a good place to start:

First and foremost, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. You should your keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Furthermore, if your electricity is off, you should empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. This will prevent food from spoiling and being wasted. Next, clean and protect chrome fixtures with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

Next, wash houseplants on both sides of leaves, change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. If you follow some of these minor tasks, you will for sure limit the amount of damage that could develop in your home or property after a fire.

Was your home affected by a fire? Read this!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

It is no secret that house fires and everything that comes from these disasters are nothing short than devastating. While flames fill the home, smoke damage ensues deep within the fibers of everything within, causing most of the affected items to be destroyed and perishable.

Naturally, it is within our instincts to want to salvage as much as we can from wreckages such as these; if you have been affected by a house fire and wish to sort through the aftermath — and if your local fire department deems it safe to enter — it is important that you keep from furthering damages to your home, or your health.

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into your upholstery and carpet. You should also work to keep your hands clean, as difficult as it may be, to keep soot off of your persons. Both of these precautions will prevent other locations of your home from being soiled by soot or other detrimental smoke particles.

SERVPRO is here to help! If you fear that you cannot adequately take care of your belongings, we can assist you every step of the way. Call your local SERVPRO franchise so that we can make your disaster look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton on site cleaning after a school fire

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton cleaning a school after a fire

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is a proud supporter and restoration business partner of the PSBA, Pennsylvania School Board Association.  Many schools count on us to help them in their time of need.  We have a highly trained staff and the resources needed to help schools recover efficiently.  When we arrived on site we found a school with significant damage throughout the entire structure. This project will require a staff of 60-80 technicians supervised by certified restoration managers and project managers. The project is estimated to be a 6 week project and will have the school reopened in time for the beginning of the 2019/2020 schedule.  We appreciate schools trusting us to be the Brand that helps them recover.

Commercial Fire Loss in Philadelphia

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is always ready to load up and respond to any emergency situation. Today, we responded to a large, commercial fire site in Philadelphia, where our experienced technicians began to restore the property to its original state.

From the moment we become aware of a loss, down to the completion of the job, our staff is locked in every step of the way. It is during the morning briefs, the preparation of equipment, the drive to the loss, and to the arrival on site where our crew focuses on the tasks at hand to deliver quality, efficient restoration work.

So as we tackle this large loss today, and as we are ready do so in the future, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is committed to providing superior service — in every aspect of the job — GUARANTEED!

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Space Heater Dangers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, over 25,000 house fires can be attributed to the incorrect usage of space heaters, according to Consumer Reports.

Fighting the cold weather using these machines can be safe — referring to NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) “Heater Checklist” will guide you into making the correct decisions to ensure a safe home/environment for your space heater to do its work.

Some of these tips include, but are not limited to:

  • When buying a space heater, make sure that the unit has a seal from a qualified testing laboratory on it.
  • Keeping children away from these heaters will limit bodily injury and poor usage of the units.
  • Make sure the unit is placed on a solid, flat surface.
  • Allow at least 3 feet of space between the space heater and anything else, including humans. Items that tend to catch fire are: curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture.
  • Turn off the units when you leave the room or before you go to bed.

If your property has been damaged due to a fire and you suspect that your space heater was the cause, call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your restoration needs.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Dealing with Fire Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an estimated average of 355,400 homes had caught fire and were responded to by U.S. fire departments from 2012 to 2016. These fires contributed to millions of dollars in damages, often leaving homeowners in the unfortunate situation of dealing with the wreckage.

When your home falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO wants you to know how to handle the situation effectively and by limiting the amount of harmful contaminants and soot you interact with.

You should:

  • Try to limit the amount of foot traffic in your home, for moving around frequently can further embed soot particles into your carpet and upholstery.
  • Gather old linens and dry towels to place on rugs, carpets and upholstery in high, foot traffic areas.
  • Soot on your hands can be easily spread throughout your home, so be sure to keep them clean to avoid soiling walls, upholstery, etc.

You shouldn’t:

  • Try to wash any walls or painted surfaces — or shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture — without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, for they may be contaminated and not safe to ingest.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; the wiring may be faulty and could pose negative health effects, like electric shock and secondary damage due to increased air movement.

Instead of possibly causing further damage to your home after a fire, or putting your health at risk, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to take care of it for you. Our team will help you every step of the way, providing top-tier work and ERBs (Emergency Response Bags) for your convenience.

For more information about our fire restoration services, or for information regarding our ERBs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Cooking Safety

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This past week was National Fire Prevention Week. Every day we posted different fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association’s Website. Today we shared information on how to stay safe in the kitchen.

“Cooking with Caution”

  • Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
  • Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
  • Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.

If you have a small grease/ cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
  • If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.

Content & photo by: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/Safety-Tip-Sheets

What To Do & What Not To Do After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After a Fire:

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a common site in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers which work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.

The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.

  • Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
  • Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals

Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.

Content provided by:https://www.nationwide.com/fire-extinguisher-safety.jsp

All About Fire Safety

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen:

  • Never leave your stove unattended while on. Be sure to pay attention even more closely when frying food.
  • Keep your kitchen clean! This seems like an obvious tip but sometimes life gets to us and we let things get away from us. Make sure you are keeping your kitchen clutter free and keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Wear tight clothing to limit the possibility of a sleeve hanging over the lit stovetop.
  • Install a smoke detector in your kitchen and make sure it always is working properly.

Laundry Room:

  • The proper dryer duct should vent directly outdoors. If it is not it can lead to the discharge of combustible gasses from the machine.
  • Buy a hard metal duct with as few bends as possible and avoid plastic ones. These are more easily melted and ignited.
  • Always clean your ducts out of lint. Clean your lint trap after every dryer use as well. This is help reduce the chance of a dryer fire and help contain it if one does break out.

By Hearth and Candlelight

  • Never leave a fire unattended. This seems like common sense but time can get away from you at home.
  • Use a screen in front of your hearth. Be sure to buy one that covers the whole opening. This can prevent logs from rolling out and is an extra added safety precaution.
  • Perform regular inspections on both your chimney and woodstoves. These items should be cleaned and checked for any damage to ensure they function as safely as possible.

Content by: https://www.atlantictraining.com/safety-tips/fire-safety-tips.php

The Makeup of Smoke

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.

Content provided by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728

How Exactly Does Smoke Damage a House?

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

Content by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728