Fire & Smoke Restoration
Damages resulting from a fire loss can be tricky, depending on what actually burned during the loss and the type of materials that were directly affected by fire/smoke. Usually with a fire loss you have 2 types of damage: direct and indirect damage.
Direct damage is mostly referred to as the “burned” items, meaning the items/materials that were on fire and have burn damage. An example of direct damage would be cabinets in a kitchen that were burned from a stove incident. The second type of damage is referred to as indirect damage.
Indirect damages are secondary damages to the home/dwelling and usually is related to smoke damage. Smoke/ash/soot from a fire usually include contaminants from the direct damage area, specifically the materials that were burned. These contaminants are a bi-product of the materials burning/melting and can determine whether or not the materials affected can be salvaged (cleaned) or need to be replaced.
Smoke/ash/soot is also highly acidic and can damage certain types of materials if not properly cleaned. Soft metals can pit if ash/soot is left on the surface for an extended period of time. Other items can discolor/stain from ash/soot. Different materials should be treated in different ways depending on the type of materials affected and the type of damage associated with those items.
It is important to have a qualified restoration contractor to analyze your specific loss.