Handling Smoke Damage

How to Deal With Smoke Damage in Your Home

Smoke damage affects the ceilings and walls of a property. This problem is unpleasant and cleaning it is not easy. Smoke is a fuel that fails to burn properly and it is seen in the form of small carbon particles and other elements. After complete combustion, heat, light and carbon dioxide as well as water vapor are produced. These are some of the components of smoke and tiny particles called PM10. PM10 means Particulate Matter whose diameter is below 10 microns. These include small wood tars droplets, soot, ash and gases. Actually, most elements of a smoke have a diameter that is below one micron.

Charring and Soot

Smoke damage causes discoloration and black marks on the ceiling and walls. These are mainly caused by charring and soot. Soot refers to a residue that smoke leaves behind while charring is paint burning. The first thing that you should do when dealing with smoke damage is assessing the damage extent in order to determine if cleaning will solve the problem. Cleaning heavy soot as well as charring that come from flat-painted wall may not be possible. As such, re-painting and priming might be the only option. If charring is not deep, you can use semi-gloss or satin finishes in solving the problem. Colyer Services specializes in Fire and Smoke Damaged buildings.

Fixing the Problem

To fix a damage caused by smoke, you will need Trisodium Phosphate which is a cleaner, 2 buckets, a large sponge, warm water, goggles, cleaning gloves, and cleaning rugs. It is important to note that Trisodium Phosphate is harsh. Therefore, wearing gloves is important to prevent skin irritation. It can also cause eye irritation which can be prevented by the use of goggles.

Blistering and Bubbling

Blistering and bubbling of paints on the ceiling or walls might be due to excessive heat. A blister or bubble can only be repaired instead of being undone.

Dealing With Bad Smoke Odor

Apart from the visible soot buildup and charring, smoke also leaves a bad odor behind. This odor takes some time to disappear and it can be really stubborn. Depending on the strength of smoke odor, there are different methods that can be used to deal with it.

You need to note that if the bad odor caused by smoke has already permeated into the draperies, carets and furnishings, you have to replace or remove them since there is no much that you can do to eliminate the odor.

Call the professionals at Colyer Services to eliminate your smoke damage issues! We work with all insurance companies to assist in getting your claims paid!

If you have issues with Smoke Damage caused by either an internal fire or external fire, contact the emergency response team at Colyer Services immediately!

Damaged home? How to get an insurer to pay up

Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Over the past decade, insurance companies have paid more than $450 billion in property damages to policyholders.

And now some insurers are looking for ways to limit their losses by denying claims and sticking homeowners with the bill, said David Barrack, executive director at National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. “They’ve gone from ‘good hands’ to boxing gloves,” he said.

 Some insurers may write policies with exclusions that absolve them from paying for certain damages or use legal jargon that’s difficult to understand, said Chris Maranges, a Miami-based attorney with Higer Lichter & Givner, who represents homeowners in property insurance litigation.
The insurance industry refutes such claims. “Insurers strive to pay all legitimate claims as rapidly as possible,” said Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, an industry trade group. He also noted that policyholders are protected by laws in all 50 states.
The best step you can take is to hire a General Contractor who is also a licensed insurance adjuster. Colyer Services is armed and ready to do battle directly with your insurance company to provide immediate service and rapid payout of your claim.
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Fire Damage Repair – Condo Case Study

Many times, construction firms will make mistakes that can cause unseen structural damage. In this case, the previous construction company used blow torches to seal new asphalt and during the process accidentally torched the adjacent structure.

Colyer Services was retained to fix the damage. The first step was to assess the damage through demolition of the exterior stucco and then repair the underlying structure. At the end of the project, the client was very happy with the results.

Benefits of working with Colyer Services:

  • Saved client time and money.
  • Dealt directly with the insurance company.
  • Expedited the repairs in less than 2 weeks beginning to end.

If you or anyone you know has a need for Fire Damage Restoration, contact Colyer Services! 🙂