Category: Fire and Smoke Damage
Fires can wreak havoc on homes or businesses. When thinking of a fire, most of us think of the damage the fire itself will do to our home or business. But, people often forget the amount of damage smoke can do to not only the structure, but the contents inside. Smoke damage can have lasting effects on you, your family and your belongings if not taken care of properly by professionals. Smoke will cause discoloration, corrosion, and leave a strong odor. The majority of smoke damage occurs where the fire occurred, but we know air flow and ventilation systems disperses smoke into closed spaces and rooms far from where the fire originated. Time is of the essence when dealing with fire and smoke damage. Smoke will cause more damage and increase restoration prices, the longer you wait to call trained professionals like those at Disaster Response. Ignored smoke damage can have lasting effects on your health, and your belongings. Smoke is made of carbon dioxide, particulate matter (soot), and carbon monoxide. Depending on what is on fire, smoke can release many other harmful toxins into the air like aldehydes, acid gases, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, […]
This is a question that we hope to never ask ourselves! If you’re wondering if it’s time to call for help, it probably is. If the damage, or potential for more damage, is so great that you fear you can’t handle it yourself, then it’s time to call professional help. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if it is time!
A few weeks ago I was in a meeting at our Fruitland Idaho office. Around 9 am we received a call to provide emergency mitigation service at a structure fire in nearby Payette. Arriving on scene to the already extinguished fire we found that half of the duplex had extensive fire and smoke damage. As our crew began the task of securing the structure and preventing secondary damage I began to speak with the occupant of the unaffected side of the duplex. He was understandably a bit shaken. He shared with me that he woke up early for work and saw the flicker of flames coming from his neighbor’s side of the dwelling. Worried, he rushed to the door to check on them. After a minute of banging on the door his neighbor came to and they were able to safely evacuate the home. Now to the point of this story, why did it take pounding on the door to notify the occupant that his home was on fire and rapidly filling with smoke? Non-Functioning smoke alarms! Thank goodness for an alert neighbor; if it hadn’t been for him this story could have very well been tragic. Every year in […]