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Published on Jul 31, 2014
Flames from wildfires destroy many homes and businesses each year. These structures are often burnt to the ground leaving little more than a foundation in their wake. However, this obvious damage is not the only harm caused to buildings by wildfires. Many homes, businesses and schools can also be impacted by smoke damage many miles from the flames.
Wildfires produce a tremendous amount of smoke that can be carried for many miles by the prevalent winds. This smoke is made up of a number of combustion by-products that may include ash, soot, char and other materials. These materials can infiltrate a structure and leave behind odors and residues while causing corrosion, etching and discoloration within the property.
This damage can cause indoor air and environmental quality concerns that could impact people’s health and even lower property values. While homeowners’ property insurance may cover this damage, it is sometimes left to the property owner to provide proof of damages. Although the presence of visible damage can be obvious, other times it may require the services of a professional to prove the presence of residues, odors and other damage that may not be readily apparent. These smoke damage professionals rely on their expertise and often turn laboratory testing services for proof of damages.
When smoke damage has occurred, it is important to begin restoration services sooner than later to prevent additional damage. The corrosive effect of smoke residues can begin to cause extensive etching, corrosion and discoloration as time passes.
Preventing additional damage and removing odors and residues can be a significant challenge for most property owners as it must be done very thoroughly. There are professionals who specialize in this type of service and they are trained to identify what can be salvaged and what may need to be discarded. They also have access to the tools and products to properly remediate a damaged home or building.
These are just a few things to know about smoke damage that can result from a wildfire. To learn more about this or other indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety issues, please visit the websites shown in the video.