Equip Yourself to Resist Smoke Damage in Wisconsin

03D74552You do not have to put up with smoke damage in your Wisconsin home. Even through the drier seasons that seem to cultivate fires and smoke damage, you can protect yourself from both using the following tips.

Circulate the Air in Your House.

Make sure that you do this only after checking for an active fire if you see smoke. If there was or is a fire at your home, then you should check with the fire marshal to clear the home before you enter it again. After checking for the above, get the circulation in your house going. Open your windows and even your doors. Turn on your ceiling fans if you have them; if you do not, install a fan. If there has been water damage along with possible smoke damage, run a dehumidifier before you open the windows. Make sure that the carpets are completely dry. You will need to change your filter on a daily basis until the soot or smoke level is reduced to normal levels.

Removing Copper, Brass and Textiles

Brass and copper are the most susceptible metals to damage from smoke. Remove them from the house immediately and clean them as soon as possible. You really only have 24 hours from the time that smoke damage occurs to get this done. Put plastic wrap or foil under the legs of your furniture and take your rugs up from the floor. Anything else like furniture should be covered while any additional professional repairs are taking place.

Getting Rid of Soot

Soot is an offshoot of smoke that contains oil and will stain textiles, drapes and carpets. Before you clean items like furniture and textiles in your home to avoid more smoke damage, you should first remove the soot. This may require a pro, but you can get a great deal of it off with a heavy duty vacuum cleaner. However, hold the vacuum slightly off of the surface of the item. Cover the carpets after you remove the soot from them in order to avoid further damage from tracking in soot from other items.

Getting Rid of the Odor

The DIY portion of reducing smoke damage is mostly surface level. The smell of smoke may require a professional fire restorer. They will bring in chemicals known as "counteractants" that are very dangerous in the wrong hands. Do not spray over the counter odor reduction products like Febreeze. These products will only mask the odor for a short time, and the chemicals in them may actually cause a worse odor, especially if it is summertime.

Cleaning the Walls

You can, however, reduce the smoke damage from walls after an emergency. Chemical sponges that are available at your average cleaning supply store will do the job. They also limit the amount of chemical in each sponge to a non-lethal level. If you use products like paint thinner or alcohol, be careful of the possibly toxic fumes they create. Home Fire Escape Plan
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