If you are just joining us, last week we talked about mold damage and how it can affect not only the structure of your home or business, but also your health. If you think you may have water damage and are in need of mold removal, do not hesitate to contact a mold removal professional! Mold, if left to grow and flourish, can cause colossal damage and cost a great deal to repair. To check for mold look for:

  • Visible mold
  • Water stains
  • Discoloration
  • Musty smell
  • Areas with standing water

To read more about mold and what it can mean for your home, read our last blog post and be sure to contact us for a free estimate and mold test!

This week we are switching gears to talk about the effects of fire damage and particularly that of smoke damage.

Fire Damage: We Hope to Never Encounter

We all never hope to encounter a situation in which a fire is destroying our home or business and thankfully most of us will not. However, sometimes dealing with fire damage is unavoidable. The damage that a fire can cause includes not only the actual destruction of your home, but also water damage, smoke damage, and more. Smoke damage is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the damage caused by a fire. So what is it and what are its effect on your homes? Read on to learn more!

What is Smoke?

If you grew up going camping and sitting around the campfire making gooey, delicious s’mores you’ve probably experienced the annoyance when the wind shifted, blowing smoke in your face and causing you to need to find another comfortable smoke-free position to continue enjoying the warm of the campfire. Or maybe you have lived near a forest fire and experienced the full impact of smoke: The sun turning orange and the air burning your eyes and lungs if you had to spend prolonged amounts of time outside. Regardless, we all have experienced discomfort from smoke.

Smoke is responsible for most fire deaths because it is made up of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and soot, not to mention harmful chemicals that are released into the air by the burning of certain materials. High levels of carbon dioxide is not healthy for humans and breathing carbon monoxide for prolonged amounts of time can be deadly in any situation. Due to the chemical makeup of smoke, it creates damage through the residue it leaves and the chemical reactions that are created by it and the heat of the fire.

How Does it Behave?

Warm Air Rises

Because warm air rises, smoke also rises. For this reason, smoke residue and damage will occur on the ceilings and walls, even if the fire never touches them. Also, because smoke rises, the cold air below opens up a pathway for smoke to travel to the outside walls and windows. No matter where the fire is in the room, you can be almost guaranteed that you will have smoke damage on your ceilings and walls.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

To learn more about smoke damage, stay tuned for our next post in which we will talk about other factors that affect the damage that is commonly seen with a house fire. Though the effects of smoke can seem random, understanding them can not only help you assess the extent of the damage of your home, but also know exactly how to repair your home.

Contact a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Specialist

Disaster Response is here for West Michigan residents and business owners when they need to pick up the pieces after a fire. We offer full-service fire damage restoration that is not only hassle-free, but with a focus on the customer and helping them with what they need. Visit our website to learn more about us, our services, and how we can help you! Get a free assessment!

We Do It All

Disaster Response can help with a variety of your needs in case of a disaster, offering water damage restoration, mold removal and more. We also offer deep commercial cleaning, handyman and plumber services. We would love to help you keep your home or business in West Michigan safe and sound! Visit our website for more information!