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Smoke Damage in Your Home and Professional Restoration

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

An illuminated smoke detector is shown surrounded by smoke SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange & Madison County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire.

Getting your home put back together after a fire is no small task. There are so many things to think about during fire cleanup that you might overlook a small chore like cleaning electronics. While it may seem trivial, smoke damage is no joke, and cleanup should always be a team effort.

Team Up to Clean Up Damage

Checking for issues and fixing devices is not easy. Here are three steps that you can do to help start the fire cleanup process:

1. Unplug all electronics. Do not turn on any possibly affected devices.

2. Use a cloth to wipe away soot and assess external damage.

3. Let equipment sit and air out thoroughly.

Why Smoke and Soot Are Serious Problems
Smoke causes electronics to overheat. When devices reach high temperatures, they shut down and may not be salvageable. There are also corrosive chemicals and other elements in smoke that can cause hardwiring to short circuit.
Soot is made up of particles that are left behind once the smoke has dissipated. It blankets components and acts as an insulator. It is also acidic, so it will corrode surfaces. The damage might not be immediate but will happen over time.

Because smoke and soot can cause problems after a fire has been put out, it is important to check all electronics immediately to avoid future mishaps. Even if a device does not have any apparent issues, there could still be underlying smoke damage.

Once you’ve done your part, call a professional fire damage restoration company. Their team of certified technicians will examine all of your devices for possible problems. They will get your electronics back to working condition and returned to you as soon as possible.
Fire cleanup comes with a long list of to-dos. Getting your devices checked and cleaned promptly will make getting life back to normal, a little easier.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange & Madison County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange & Madison County (540) 513-3111.

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