Soot and Smoke Damage after a House Fire

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Soot and Smoke Damage
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Operating in Brooksville, Gainesville, Leesburg, Lake City, Ocala, and Lecanto, Florida, Restoration Specialists provides quality services for homeowners looking to restore or remodel their homes. For instance, Restoration Specialists helps with cleanup in the event of a fire.

In addition to flames, soot and smoke can cause a great deal of damage in a house fire. This damage can become very costly, and the longer the parts of a home that are exposed to smoke and soot go untreated, the less likely they can be saved.

Acid in soot can cause discoloration to appliances and other items within the first few minutes of exposure. For instance, plastic items often turn a shade of yellow. In the case of very porous substances like marble, even small amounts of exposure can cause permanent damage.
As minutes turn into hours in the aftermath of a fire, the deterioration continues. For instance, grout and fiberglass items in bathrooms will often turn color, as might the finishes on expensive pieces of furniture or the tops of kitchen counters. Walls, metal fixtures, flooring, and upholstery may also become stained, and this damage may not go away. As hours turn to days and weeks, the chances of recovering an item or easily restoring a space go down greatly. Therefore, be sure to contact qualified specialists experienced in emergency restoring as soon as possible in the event of a fire emergency.

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Water and Moisture Damage: What to Look for

 

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Water Damage
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Restorations Specialists offers a long list of services that are designed to help home and business owners in the event that their property sustains damage due to fire, wind, or water. Headquartered in Ocala, Restoration Specialists has offices in other locations around Florida, including Gainesville, Brooksville, Lake City, Leesburg, and Lecanto.

It’s important to be able to spot the signs of water damage, in order to know when to call in the experts. Examples of possible water damage include rotting wood, plant growth, rust, delamination on materials like plywood, strange or offensive odors, and many more.

Other areas to look for water damage are the roof, walls, drains, and gutters. Missing or eroded shingles are a sign of roof damage. Holes and cracks in walls are also a cause for concern. Clogged drains and gutters can also cause water damage along different areas of the house.

Hail Damage to a Home’s Exterior

Since 1972, Restoration Specialists has been helping Florida residents recover from property damage. Serving Brooksville, Gainesville, Leesburg, Lake City, Ocala, and Lecanto, Restoration Specialists is able to provide homeowners with prompt, quality service in the event of home damage caused by harsh weather, such as a hailstorm.

A hailstorm can damage a property in a number of ways. For example, it might damage asphalt roof shingles, a very common type of roofing in many areas. On these roofs, hail damage might appear as dark spots where the granules on the shingle designed to provide UV protection have been knocked off. These dark spots, or bruises, can shorten the roof’s lifespan. They may be accompanied with missing shingles due to high winds, dented shingles, or cracked shingles.

In addition to the roof shingles themselves, other parts of a home’s exterior may be affected by hail. For example, it may cause discolored spots on the home’s siding. In some cases, it is even associated with holes or cracks on parts of the home’s exterior. For a full picture of the extent of the hail damage, it is a good idea to contact a company that can perform a thorough post-storm inspection.