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Understanding the Fire Damage to Your Largo Home

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the fire fighters leave for best results.

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Fire damage is a devastating event for any homeowner. However, understanding the effects of fire, smoke and heat can help you prepare better for the restoration process.

After the professionals arrive at your Largo home after a fire damage incidence, they assess the damage due to smoke as well as the heat. It is essential to understand the difference between the damage caused by the actual burning of the contents and the smoke residue. SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to tackle the damage depending on the source of that damage.

Damage caused due to combustion
Combustion is burning or material due to excessive heat. Technically, combustion is same as burning. The three components required for combustion to take place are fuel (the material that burns), oxygen and heat. If these three components are in perfect balance, all the fuel is burnt, and no residue remains. Unfortunately, these components are not always in a balance during a house fire. In such a situation, the fuel burns inefficiently leaving a ton of residue in the form of charred surface and a ton of smoke. SERVPRO professionals use some of the best equipment and techniques to remove this type of damage.

That said, if the extent of combustion is extensive, there is a lot of structural damage and the ability to restore a property takes a hit.

Damage caused by smoke  
Smoke is generated by inefficient combustion, which is a hallmark of a house fire. It contains suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. Gasses such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are also quite common in smoke.

The particles in the smoke can be as small as 0.1 to 4 microns and can penetrate surfaces easily. Once the smoke particles settle on surfaces, it is often referred to as soot. Once deposited on the surfaces, the soot causes discoloration and blackening that is typical of a fire.

The soot particles often react with the moisture present in the air and generate acidic residues that are incredibly harmful to the surfaces. It often causes discoloration and corrosion of the surfaces if not promptly removed.

Seeking professional help as soon as possible is the best option to limit the damage caused by a fire. Call SERVPRO of Largo today at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an appointment.

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