Anyone who has had some kind of fire in their home, whether it is a candle fire or a grease fire, knows how traumatic and costly it can be.

Fires can inflict a lot of damage on your home, and the damage is not always visible to the naked eye. Aside from the obvious damage inflicted by flames, there is also smoke damage that has to be dealt with following a blaze.

Smoke damage can be more extensive than just the black smoke residue that you see on the walls. Naturally, the smoke damage that is invisible to the naked eye will not be addressed because people do not know how to find it, let alone clean it.

This is where the benefits of hiring a fire restoration company kicks in, as they have the equipment and chemicals required to not only find hidden smoke damage, but clean it up as well.

Here are a few pictures of our Fire/Contents Coordinator, Scott Web using Chemical Sponges to clean up invisible smoke damage at a recent fire job.

As you can see, there’s no visible smoke damage on the wall, however running the chemical sponge down the wall reveals that there is actually a layer of residue on the wall. This is why it is important to have a Fire Damage Restoration company come out to your home after a fire and check it out for you. This lingering smoke damage can cause stains and leave a strong odor in your home, so it’s not something you want to be left untreated.

Other items that require cleaning, but often don’t receive it are soft goods such as clothes, linens, pillows, cushions, etc. Soft goods absorb the smell of smoke, and the scent may become permanent if they are not cleaned properly (ex: thrown in the washer) within a timely fashion.

If a property of you or someone you know has suffered some type of smoke or fire damage, don’t hesitate to call your local fire damage restoration company, like ServiceMaster Absolute. We’re ready to help repair the damage, remove any lingering odors, and return your home to its previous condition.