A Timeline of the Effects of Fire and Smoke on Property

An example of extensive fire damage to a house Fire damage increases when restoration suffers delay. Restoration costs also escalate whenever a homeowner prolongs neutralization, corrosion control, and home cleaning. Homeowners can reduce damage and cost of repair if they understand the time effects of a fire.

Here is a timeline of the effects fire and smoke typically have on a home.

Within Minutes of Smoke Exposure

Plastics in the house yellow fast due to acid soot residues. Any small appliance that was near the source of the fire is also likely to discolor within minutes. Highly porous materials such as marble will also change color permanently.

Within Hours of the Fire

Hours of smoke exposure will stain the grout in bathrooms and may yellow fiberglass bath fixtures. Finishes on home appliances, counter tops, and uncoated metals tarnish may also yellow. Furniture finishes are also likely to discolor within hours.

Days After the Fire

Painted walls can yellow for good if exposed to acid residues for days. Upholstery and clothing suffer staining permanently. Metals may corrode, pit, and rust while wood furniture and vinyl flooring will need refinishing or even replacement.

Within Weeks

Costs for fire restoration here in Utah escalate massively within weeks of the fire incident. Prolonged exposure to soot residues causes severe etching and pitting on glass crystal and china. Synthetic fibers can discolor permanently.

Silver plates will also corrode permanently, and synthetic carpet fibers may also discolor for good.

If a fire covers a home with smoke and ash, immediate cleanup is necessary to avert lasting damage or permanent discoloration from soot residue. To minimize the after-fire damage restoration needs to be underway as soon and as quickly as possible.

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Fire restoration experts in Utah can help you dissolve and remove soot residue, remove odors, and return your house and its furnishing to an acceptable “pre-loss” condition.