What Can Be Saved from Smoke Damage?

What can be saved from smoke?

What Can Be Saved from Smoke Damage?

When a fire happens in a home or business, the destruction can stretch beyond directly burned items. Smoke damage after fires can travel several feet away from the fire source, sinking into various items and posing a health risk to anyone exposed.

Dealing with the costs of remediation is stressful enough. But does every affected item need to be replaced? What can you keep after a fire? What must absolutely be thrown away?

Find out more about what can be salvaged from smoke damage, and what steps to take for those items to be restored.

What Is Smoke Damage?

Smoke damage is the physical effects and lingering particles that remain after a fire. This includes soot, odor, tar, and particles of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other harmful chemicals. Smoke damage isn’t just the visible black soot on burned objects, the particles can also settle into textiles, furnishings, HVAC systems, and various other objects in a home.

That’s why professional inspection – and restoration – after a fire is vital to avoid adverse health issues over time.

Can Smoke Damage Be Removed?

Yes! Most smoke damage can be fully removed from the home and various affected items. Restoration specialists use proprietary solutions and technology to fully remove smoke damage from walls, floors, furnishings, and more.

Depending on the severity of the fire or the item, some objects may need to be disposed of for safety reasons. However, most of the structural components of a home can be restored.

Additionally, specialty restoration experts can remove smoke damage from personal items like clothing, rugs, ceramic art, paintings, electronics, appliances, paper documents, books, toys, and more!

Yes! Most smoke damage can be fully removed from the home and various affected items. Restoration specialists use proprietary solutions and technology to fully remove smoke damage from walls, floors, furnishings, and more.

Depending on the severity of the fire or the item, some objects may need to be disposed of for safety reasons. However, most of the structural components of a home can be restored.

Additionally, specialty restoration experts can remove smoke damage from personal items like clothing, rugs, ceramic art, paintings, electronics, appliances, paper documents, books, toys, and more!

What Can Be Salvaged After a House Fire?

A house fire can do a lot of damage in very little time. Hidden smoke damage can be apparent in many spaces throughout an entire home even if the fire itself was fairly contained. The more items that can be restored, the easier and more cost-effective recovery after this disaster will be.

Some of the many things that can be salvaged after a fire include:

  • Dishware
  • Ceramic and glass
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Curtains and rugs
  • Books and paper documents
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Power tools
  • Lighting
  • Paintings
  • Photos
  • Toys

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What to Throw Away After Smoke Damage

Some items are either nearly impossible to separate the smoke particles from or simply unsafe to take the risk, such as:

  • Canned or boxed food
  • Plastics that are melted or stained
  • Medicine
  • Cosmetics
  • Hygiene products

Always consult with a professional regarding the safety of any smoke-damaged item. While the physical effects may not be visible, harmful chemicals may have permeated an item, making it unsafe to use or consume.

How to Deal With Smoke Damage After a Fire

After a fire, the remaining smoke damage can be very dangerous to the health and safety of anyone inside the home.

Even if the fire was minimal, it’s important to follow these procedures afterward:

  1. Immediately call an insurance adjuster to schedule restoration services.
  2. Call the utility company to report the incident, and an electrician to inspect all electrical components in the home.
  3. Take photos of the affected items to document the damage.
  4. Open windows in the affected area to help release any smoke particles.
  5. Close off the affected area (if possible) in an attempt to seal off any further spread of smoke.
  6. Evacuate the home and do not reenter unless advised to do so.
  7. Rely on restoration professionals to safely handle all smoke-damaged items.
  8. Look to your insurance provider for advice on the next steps.

Living in a house after a fire is extremely dangerous. While their home is being restored, the family will need to reside in a separate, temporary space to ensure that the house is completely safe before residing in it again. Any hidden smoke damage will need to be fully removed, and the HVAC and electrical will need to be inspected.

Who Cleans Up After a Fire?

Home restoration professionals will provide restoration after fire damage. They will address the overall after-fire cleanup, removal, and remediation of any structural smoke damage within the home. They’ll also provide water restoration services for anything damaged from putting out the initial fire.

For any other personal, decorative, or functional items, our experts at Prism Specialties can provide fire restoration services. We work with insurance adjusters to make sure all affected items are immediately processed and transferred to our facility to begin restoring as soon as possible and mitigating further damage.

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Rely on Prism for Smoke Damage Restoration Services

A fire inside a home or business is devastating, but recovering in the aftermath should be made easy. Don’t let smoke damage destroy personal belongings and valuable items.

Count on Prism Specialties to restore electronics, textiles, art, or documents after a fire. We’ll fully remove smoke damage and odors, and even digitize valuable information to prevent loss in the future. Call (888) 826-9429  or submit a claim online.