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House Fires and the After Effects

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage can be extremely stressful especially when soot has made its way through your house and completely covered all of your belongings. SERVPRO of South Austin is trained and licensed to take the utmost care of your property and explain the potential issues you may experience. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire as it can be very damaging.  

Soot can develop through three different methods: 

  • Wet soot residue—results from smoldering, low-heat fires. This residue is sticky, smeary, and has a very pungent odor. 
  • Dry soot residue—results from fast-burning fires with high temperatures. This residue is typically dry, powdery, and non-smeary. 
  • Protein residue—almost invisible but can discolor paints and varnishes in your home. This residue also has an extremely pungent odor. 

Each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean, call us at SERVPRO of South Austin for such needs or concerns. It is our duty to serve our customers and help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths could have been prevented as they were the result of a lack of smoke alarms (38%) or broken smoke alarms (21%). Most fatal fires happen when families are asleep giving them less than adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. Smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires.  

Make sure to revisit your smoke alarms and review documented statistics from the NFPA through their The Smoke Alarm Effect article.  

Reach out to us at SERVPRO of South Austin for more information on fire damage restoration.