Fire damage continues to affect your belongings and property even after the fire has been put out. As time passes, the chemical composition of soot and other particulates emitted from smoke wreak havoc on fabrics, metals and other porous materials. Once the fire is out and the charring damage has already been done, the clock starts ticking for these damages to crawl to permanency.

Within Minutes

As the flames subside, soot residue settles onto all surfaces and materials nearby the fire. The chemical composition of soot reacts with certain materials in such a way that it immediately begins to corrode and deteriorate your property. Soot will embed itself within the fibers of your carpets, upholstery, drapery and other fabrics. Porous materials will become discolored.

Within Hours

Wooden furniture and flooring may now need to be refinished, as the soot eats away at the finishing. Metal surfaces may rust or corrode and clothing or other fabrics will become permanently stained. Painted walls will begin to yellow.

Within Weeks

At this point, all surfaces and objects exposed to this level of soot damage will be irreversibly damaged. You will need to replace these items completely, which will be cost more than the original restoration process. In addition, your home or building may suffer structural damage due to an extended period of deterioration. It is NEVER recommended to wait this long before calling in a professional to clean up the damages.

As soon as the fire is put out, it is essential to call a professional fire damage restoration company right away to begin the restoration process. If you want to return your property to pre-loss conditions, you’ll take this timeline seriously. ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning Services can help restore your property after a fire with leading industry knowledge and expert techniques for fire damage cleanup. Our technicians are specially trained on the chemical reactions that occur when fire, soot and smoke damage intersect on your property. We have a 24/7 rapid response team ready to take your call at (800) 932-9940.