Every once in a while, you might set off your smoke alarm or detector. Usually, you start to get frantic when you hear the high-pitched noise, and then you become annoyed. Regardless, the ringing eventually stops and it’s back to normal.
No harm done, right? Well, it depends.
Relative to the strength and duration of the fire, there could have been smoke damage. It may not seem like a big deal, but smoke damage can be one of the most devastating threats to your home. The most efficient way to avoid smoke damage is to prevent it in the first place.
Keep reading to learn how sensitive warning systems can help prevent smoke damage.
The term "smoke damage" refers to the physical damage caused by smoke. It is not fire-related damage.
The smoke, unlike fire, is quiet in its destruction of things. It's the by-product of the fuel that created the blaze; it has a more subtle approach to damage items than fire. Acting like acid, the smoke eats away at materials the longer it stays on. It has a complex structure, but it usually leaves a greasy layer, making it extremely hard to remove.
While smoke appears to dissipate, its particles leave a film and odor able to penetrate your furniture and the structures of your home. It is important to note that even the smallest fires can still cause such damage.
Whether a full-on house fire occurred or a localized fire contained in a room, smoke damage is a major health risk. Never assume that the smoke from a fire that only affected a certain area will stay within that room. For example, if the toaster caught fire and was immediately put out, most people would assume that the upstairs bedroom is not affected by smoke damage. However, this is not accurate.
While smoke appears to dissipate fast, it is quite invasive. It has a way of creeping into small crevices of your home, using whatever means possible. Sometimes, you might find smoke damage within HVAC vents, behind walls, around your furniture, or within light fixtures.
Even if you cannot see any smoke, there could be smoke particles floating in the room undetected. Those smoke particles can be quite damaging to you and your surroundings.
It is difficult to clean up after smoke damage, since it involves meticulous health and safety precautions. You most likely need to hire a professional to do it for you to ensure that the smoke damage is properly cleaned. Not only is it burdensome, but it can also be very costly.
Hence, the reason why prevention is key. Ensure that your smoke alarm and smoke detectors are working well. Sensitive warning systems are critical for the early detection of a fire in your home. A matter that can be life or death.
Besides, having proper smoke alarms and detectors can save you the hassle of dealing with the aftermath. To get ahead of this problem, contact us today.
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