Fire, smoke and soot damage in your residential home or commercial property can produce nasty and potentially everlasting problems. As the contents and materials burn in your residence, the smoke that is produced travels throughout, leaving residues on surfaces in hard-to-reach areas.
After experiencing fire and soot damage it requires thorough cleaning and sanitizing before painting.
Soot is a type of residue that forms after incomplete burning of organic matter, such as wood, coal, or oil and can be hazardous to your health if not removed. Soot particles can enter your body through inhalation or ingestion, leading to health problems (such as respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer). Soot from burning fossil fuels can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are known carcinogens. Just cleaning up the soot is not enough; it is imperative that you also sanitize the affected areas. Sanitizing kills germs, bacteria, and other microorganisms that thrive in soot. Soot particles can settle in hard-to-reach areas, and without proper sanitizing, the contaminants can spread disease-causing bacteria. Sanitizing helps to prevent future health problems and ensure that your home is safe to live in.
To avoid any health risks, call a professional restoration company to remove all soot before painting to avoid exposing you and your family to any harmful containments. Cleaning soot is a messy and time-consuming job that requires expertise and the right equipment. Restoration professionals use industrial-strength vacuums, sponges, and detergents to remove soot effectively. They are trained to identify the extent of the damage and determine the best cleaning method to use. Attempting to clean soot yourself can be dangerous and ineffective, and you may cause further damage to the surfaces you are cleaning. If you paint over soot without cleaning it first, you will end up with a poor-quality finish that will peel, crack, and flake over time. You will then have to strip the paint and start over, costing you even more time and money.
It is difficult to paint the walls and ceilings of your home that have been affected by fire, smoke, and soot. If the proper prep has not been completed painting may not cover the stain and odor. If you experience fire damage, it is best to leave this job to a professional smoke and fire reconstruction company to handle the repairs to ensure they’re done right. Give the Orion Construction team a call!