Once the flames have been extinguished, and the “all clear” given, stepping back into your Denver home damaged by fire and water is one of the most devastating experiences you and your family can endure. Along with the fire and smoke comes both seen and unseen damage throughout the home. Even small, isolated fires that are quickly contained can cause extensive amounts of internal damage. Because so much of the damage is obvious, homeowners rarely know how much beyond just the structural damage is in need of repair.
While the damage from fire is easily recognizable, the smoke and soot act in very different ways and create unique patterns. Rising with the flames, they travel to cooler areas and penetrate the areas where the flames never reached. These byproducts of flames seep into the structural openings, gaps, spaces, and holes around the home. Concealed smoke and soot damage, over time, can create horrible odors and additional damage.
If you have fire damage in your Denver home damage in your home, look out for some of these hidden damages that can be caused by smoke and soot:
- Fire Extinguisher Residue – Out of the seven different types of fire extinguishers, only two require no clean up: Water and Carbon Dioxide. The other five types of extinguishers are Halotron (no longer produced but still out there), Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical, Regular Dry Chemical, Foam, and Purple K Dry Chemical. When using these types of extinguishers, there are several steps to the procedure of cleaning up the chemical residue they leave behind.
- Protein Residue – When food and other organic matter is burned in a fire, protein residues are what gets left behind. While they might not be the greatest threat to the structural integrity of the home, they tend to continue giving off foul odors long after the rest of the damage has been cleaned and repaired. Some of these protein residues can discolor furniture coatings and paint, and even contaminate the air with harmful carcinogens.
- Dry Smoke Residue – The result of a fast burning, high-temperature fire. Dry smoke residue is what most people think of as ash. Dry smoke is perhaps the easiest to remove (as long as you don’t smear it or use water), but this is only for what you can see. When dry smoke residue seeps into the tiny corners and crevices, they can add to other buildups inside the walls.
- Wet Smoke Residue – Long-smoldering fires with low heat are responsible for wet smoke residue. After a house fire is put out, these residues are highly acidic and corrosive. On the surfaces of the walls and furniture, these kinds of remnants stain wallpaper, paint, fabrics, ceramics, and anything else they come into contact with. If they get behind your walls, they can also start to wreak havoc on your pipes and infrastructure.
Don’t let the hidden damage of smoke and soot stay behind in your walls and other hidden areas of your home. Not only can these different types of residues cause expensive damage to the structure of your home, but they can also pose serious health risks to your and your family. Contact NuBilt to ensure your home is safe and in good condition for those you love to remain happy and healthy.