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Fire and Smoke Damage in Chicago

10/28/2015 (Permalink)

Caution Required to Extinguish a Small Home Fire

Smoke and Fire Damage in a Chicago Home Can Hide Many Dangers

One of the worst outcomes of a house fire in Chicago is smoke and fire damage. In addition to permeating ceilings, walls, and flooring, smoke often contains toxic compounds that can cause severe health problems for you and your family. And while a fire can send your property up in flames, smoke is just as dangerous. Additionally, smoke can make its way through your HVAC and ventilation systems, thereby damaging your equipment and leaving unpleasant odors that are difficult to eradicate. However, learning more about how to deal with a house fire can empower you to limit damages and reduce your stress throughout the fire damage restoration process.

Fire and Smoke Damage: A Brief Overview

While smoke and fire are both dangerous, smoke can be more dangerous. Firstly, smoke, which is a by-product of incomplete combustion, often contains toxic gases. These deposits can cause severe health problems while also damaging your property. Unfortunately, smoke can move through your residential property with lightning speed and coat the entire home within a few minutes. The voids in subfloors, drop-ceilings, ductwork, and walls can retain soot and odors for extended time. The two most dangerous elements of smoke are its toxicity and superheated particulate mixture with air that injuries lung and pulmonary tissues. The gases found in smoke depend upon the nature of the combusted fuel source. Most are noxious hydrocarbons or carbon monoxide, the great oxygen replacer in your blood causing asphyxiation. Soot is a form of smoke that contains carbon fused with oils, moisture or other bonding agents. Soot is extremely difficult to clean without staining and streaking.

Smoke And Fire Damage Make Your Property Unsafe

In addition to compromising your health, smoke and fire damage make your property unsafe. Specifically, the fire can weaken or destroy portions of the framework or foundation of your property. Smoke can damage furniture, upholstery, clothing, HVAC systems and much more. Get permission to reenter your house after a fire from the fire marshall. Never assume that if things look safe, they are safe.

Call SERVPRO Immediately!

After the fire has been extinguished in your Chicago home, contact your insurance agent and then call SERVPRO. By meeting with your insurance adjuster on-site, our team of fire damage restoration experts can expedite the water removal process and mitigate damage. It is important for you to act immediately and effectively.  To get the best services available, be sure to call the professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians work with urgency and persistence to optimize each element of the smoke and fire damage remediation process. Moreover, we'll keep you thoroughly informed at each stage of the process to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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We are proud to be an active member of Chicago. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Chicago, Evergreen, and Beverly residents with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies. Call. (773) 337-3900

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