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Smoke Damage Timeline

8/22/2023 (Permalink)

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In the immediate aftermath of a fire within your commercial property, the effects of soot continue their destructive course, targeting your valuable assets. Thus, the urgency of summoning restoration experts immediately post-extinguishment cannot be overstated. Delays in taking action may increase the extent of losses sustained by your business.

Adhere to this timeline to understand the progression of damage to your business items when smoke infiltrates your premises:

  • Minutes: Swiftly after the fire, soot and smoke can imprint a persistent yellow stain on surfaces and possessions composed of plastic, marble, and other porous materials.
  • Hours: Soot's acidic nature has the potential to induce permanent tarnishing or staining on metal objects, grout, and diverse materials.
  • Days: Over this timeframe, your walls might undergo irreversible yellowing, metals may succumb to corrosion or rust, and wooden furniture may face irreparable harm. Flooring, upholstery, cubicles, and fabric-based items could necessitate complete replacement.
  • Weeks: When soot's invasive influence persists, it could trigger lasting corrosion and potentially emit toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Office supplies, furniture, and electronic equipment subjected to smoke damage might warrant disposal and subsequent replacement.

Promptly addressing the repercussions of a fire incident through professional restoration services can be the difference between salvaging your business assets and enduring significant loss.

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