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What Do I Do If I Have Smoke Damage In My Home?

Anyone who has ever suffered from a fire will tell you, that the smoke damage left behind is more stressful than the fire itself. Smoke damage can be difficult to remove especially in severe cases. For severe cases, it is best to call in the professionals right away to have the job done. By using a professional, you can rest assured the smell is removed promptly. For smaller smoke damage issues there are some steps one can take to eliminate the damage.

The first order of business will be attacking the soot in your home. When objects burn, soot is the residue that is left behind. Soot contains many impurities that can affect one's respiratory system. You should always wear a mask when cleaning up soot, and if you have any pre-existing respiratory issues, you should call a professional to do the work. The best cleaner for soot is Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), this is a very harsh cleaner so make sure you wear gloves. Follow the directions on the cleaner and wash the damaged area as directed. You may need to clean the area a few times. If you are unsuccessful after a few attempts, you should call in the professionals.

Even after the smallest fire, people are surprised how strong the smoke order that is left behind can be. Unfortunately, the smoke damage will not go away with a mild air freshener. You will need to use something that disables the molecules that cause the order. There are a few different ways to try and eliminate the odor. You can use white vinegar to clean surfaces such as floors, walls, and ceilings. To absorb the order from the air, you can place baking soda in bowls and leave it in each room around the house.

However, if these DIY attempts do not help, you will want to call in a professional right away to remediate the smoke damage. Contact Jarvis Property Restoration for smoke damage restoration and flood damage cleanup services today. 

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