What is smoke damage?

An accidental fire or a fire caused by any other means that generates smoke which then covers objects in soot, dust, and odour, is referred to as smoke damage. Smoke damage is an effect of the fire caused accidentally or intentionally. Hence, smoke damage is indirectly caused by the fire itself.

Once the smoke settles on the objects, it converts into a greasy layer. It is somewhat difficult to get rid of the greasy layer from the surface. Most of the time, even after the fire has died down or been put out, smoke persists through your house. It travels to areas left untouched by the fire. Sometimes, it finds its way through the pipes connecting to different parts of your house, ducts installed in the basements or crawlspaces, wiring, or other nooks present inside the house.

Smoke may dissipate in some time. However, it may leave an odour that you cannot get rid of right away.

While smoke damage does not burn anything or set properties on fire, it is equally harmful to health. It is common for many people to die during a fire accident because of smoke inhalation.

Smoke inhalation can be fatal for you or your loved ones. It has an adverse impact on your internal organs and may result in permanent damage. Some of the symptoms of smoke inhalation are:

• Vomiting
• Nausea
• Drowsiness
• Coughing
• Fogginess

Even after the fire has been put out, the effects of smoke damage can be felt inside your home for a long time. If you have suffered from smoke damage, consider filing a smoke damage insurance claim. We, at Desir Law firm, can help you understand the technicalities of the insurance policy and get you the settlement you deserve.

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