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The Devastating Impact of Smoke Damage


    After a fire, the devastation inflicted by flames is immediately apparent.

    But the problem that often goes unnoticed is smoke. Its insidious nature makes smoke damage a challenging adversary that’s capable of causing destruction long after the flames have been extinguished.

    That’s where ServiceMaster By Simons steps in. We’re armed with the expertise and technology needed to combat the lingering consequences of smoke.

    Smoke Goes Everywhere

    To understand the invasive nature of smoke damage, we need to look into its characteristics. Smoke isn’t just a collection of ash particles floating in the air; it’s a complex mixture of gases, chemicals, and microscopic particles. These tiny elements penetrate every nook and cranny, infiltrate porous surfaces, and wheedle themselves into the very fabric of a structure.

    One of the main reasons smoke damage is so destructive in a Chicago area home or business is that it can travel far beyond the fire’s epicenter. The smoke from a fire in one room can gain access to adjoining spaces, making its mark on walls, ceilings, possessions, and inventory. The odorous residue it leaves behind is more than a nuisance; it’s a constant reminder of the fire damage you experienced.

    Consider this scenario: a small kitchen fire occurs in a home. While the flames might be contained within the kitchen, the smoke ignores these boundaries. It travels through ductwork, infiltrates the insulation, and settles on surfaces throughout the whole home. What you end up with are discolored walls, a pervasive lingering odor, and a filmy residue on everything—even in a drawer in a far corner of the house.

    Or imagine a Chicago area commercial building that experiences a fire in its basement storage area. While the flames might be swiftly extinguished, the smoke has already embarked on a journey throughout the ventilation system, reaching offices on higher floors. Employees may not see visible damage, but the invisible threat persists. Disaster restoration professionals step in to assess air quality, remove contaminants, and ensure that the workspace is habitable once again.

    This is where a disaster restoration company like ServiceMaster By Simons becomes indispensable. Our specialized knowledge and equipment are essential in effectively mitigating the far-reaching effects of smoke damage. We employ advanced techniques such as thermal fogging, hydroxyl and ozone generators to neutralize odors, specialized cleaning agents to remove stubborn residues, and innovative tools that detect hidden pockets of damage.

    Smoke is a Health Threat

    Besides its physical impact, smoke damage also poses serious health risks. The minute particles in smoke can be breathed into our respiratory system, causing a range of health issues, such as:

    • stinging eyes
    • scratchy throat
    • runny nose
    • coughing
    • sinus irritation
    • wheezing
    • shortness of breath
    • headaches
    • fatigue
    • fast heartbeat

    Even areas that didn’t seem affected by fire can hide these harmful particles, making the restoration process not only about looks but also about making sure occupants can enjoy a safe and healthy environment.

    Not All Smoke is Equal

    Another critical factor contributing to the need for disaster restoration expertise is the variety of materials affected by smoke damage. Different surfaces and materials react to smoke in distinct ways, necessitating a tailored approach to restoration. For instance, porous materials like fabric and wood absorb smoke particles, embedding them deeply. Non-porous surfaces may exhibit visible residue but can also harbor hidden damage. ServiceMaster By Simons understands these nuances and employs strategies that address the diverse challenges posed by smoke damage.

    Think about a heritage home with intricate woodwork and vintage textiles. A fire in one room not only jeopardizes the structural integrity but also threatens the unique character of the home. Disaster restoration professionals, armed with their knowledge of specialized cleaning techniques and materials, work diligently to preserve the historical charm while eradicating the hidden consequences of smoke damage.

    Call the Smoke Damage Removal Professionals

    Chicago’s ServiceMaster By Simons is an experienced IICRC Certified odor removal and smoke damage restoration company. We have the know-how to tackle any situation you may experience. Our odor-elimination services ensure that your home or office will be livable and comfortable once again.


    Choose a Trustworthy Company

    ServiceMaster By Simons is a reputable disaster restoration company you can rely on. We’ve been in business for many years and take great pride in serving the expansive Chicago metropolitan area and its surrounding suburbs. Our company stands as the preferred choice in Chicagoland for both commercial and residential disaster restoration services. Our expertise includes Fire Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, and Smoke Odor Removal. With a team of highly skilled professionals who are certified by the IICRC, we’re equipped to handle insurance claims of any size. Call 773-376-1110 or contact us online.


    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

      About ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons
      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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