Fire strikes fast and causes irreversible damage. You might not know what to do and may be in shock after your home becomes victim to a fire. Wet Out Restoration knows that this can be a crazy time for you, but we are here to help. It is sad to say but once you have finally extinguished the fire ravaging your home, the safety risks are not over. Unless fire damage is professionally addressed, the damage can stick around for years later. After there is any type of fire damage to your home, it is highly recommended for you to immediately clean up and remove any soot. Exposure to soot can lead to numerous health issues.
What is the aftermath of a residential fire?
Soot can appear as a residue and be brownish-yellow in color. This residue can stain and etch surfaces. Soot forms as the fire is extinguishing and travels through the air until it comes into contact with interiors and surfaces. Soot is commonly mistaken for dirt, but is a completely different substance.
Why do you need to call a professional to clean soot?
Soot isn’t easily cleaned. Soot simply becomes airborne again until it finds a new home on a different surface. Specific equipment and techniques must be used in order to properly clean up soot. When there is serious damage from soot, the wood trim in your home may even need to be removed and replaced. Here at Wet Out Restoration, we are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC).
Are you able to remove the smell?
The smell of smoke often makes people sick, and smoke and soot odor can also cause respiratory illness with continual inhalation. You should not expose yourself to harmful smoke contaminants in the air. Let our team remove all odors from your home.
Is soot harmful?
Because of soot’s components, it can be harmful even in small quantities. Our certified technicians wear industry-approved personal safety gear. Soot can cause different symptoms ranging from watery eyes and runny nose to a dry, irritating cough. People with preexisting conditions and maybe have a compromised immune system, breathing problems, or a heart condition could be further affected by soot exposure. You could also be exposed to airborne soot unknowingly. Airborne soot is invisible. Once inhaled, it can cause a number of health issues including shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, and even heart attack.