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Without a doubt, smoke can be just as damaging to your home as the fire itself, and some things are more vulnerable to damages than others. Here are some things in your home that are most at risk from smoke damage:
Your walls and ceilings will likely show black marks and discoloration after exposure to smoke. These marks are caused by soot. Fortunately, it is often possible to clean away these marks if handled correctly.
Since smoke rises, your carpets are slightly less vulnerable to smoke damage than your walls and ceilings, however, the fibrous structure of carpet means that it is more likely to capture odor particles, leaving your home smelling like smoke. Often, the best and only way to get rid of this odor is to have your carpets replaced, though in some cases it can be cleaned out. If the smoke is heavy, your carpets and flooring can also be stained with soot that will need to be cleaned away.
Like your carpets, cloth furniture can also capture odor particles and be left smelling like smoke. Furniture can also be stained by soot. Depending on how extensive the damage is, your furniture may be able to be cleaned, though sometimes replacing it is the only option.
Other items that smoke can severely damage include bedding, photos, clothing, electronics, important documents, and more. Fortunately, these things too can often be cleaned or restored.
If your home has incurred smoke damage, don’t lose hope. Contact the experts at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County right away.
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