Secondary Fire Damage – Water, Soot and Smoke
Secondary damage in areas of homes and buildings isn't what you think about after a fire but areas not burned in a fire are often affected.
Smoke and soot can work their way into nooks and crannies on all floors - not stopped by doors. It may not be immediately obvious as all surfaces may be coated. Water damage from the fire can cause lots of losses by damaging furnishings, building materials, electrical or mechanical systems and personal belongings.
In this house fire, water in a room not directly burned has caused extensive damage. Additionally, soot and ash coat everything and every surface, and smoke odor as well. Many things may seem as if totally destroyed. Restoration and cleaning of some soft items and hard surface items are sometimes possible.
SERVPRO has special document drying chambers for completely drying out important irreplaceable papers and books that have become water damaged in a fire or flood.