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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

The Danger Is In the Soot

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Long after the fire has been put out, long after the flames stop blazing, and even long after the insurance adjusters leave after assessing the damage; after a fire occurs, one thing still lingers: soot damage.

Soot is comprised of very small and very fine black particles that are primarily made up of carbon and contain traces of metals, dust, and chemicals. It is always present after a fire and poses as a danger to human and pets because of it small size and how easily it can get into the lungs. 

Outside of the health hazards soot damage poses, it can also cause damage to furniture, walls, and equipment in your home or office. Because soot is so fine, it so easily gets into tight spaces and if not addressed quickly, can eventually cause metals and objects to rust and break down. 

To prevent further damage after a fire, it’s important to address affected areas right away. Not only that, but also any other areas that seem to be “dusty” as this is usually the result of soot particles flowing through ventilation units and appearing in other rooms throughout the structure. However, one of the primary mistakes home and property owners make following a fire is to try to do the clean up on their own. We recommend DIY for when it comes to refurbishing headboards or coffee tables, not for when it comes to restoring your structure and furniture. 

For professional help after fire, smoke, and soot damage, call the experts in fire damage restoration: SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony.

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