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The Silent Threat of Smoke Damage to Your Chicagoland Property

Smoke Damage


Stove fire in kitchen

Often, the destruction you see after a fire merely represents the tip of an iceberg.

Another threat to your personal and business property lurks beyond charred remains and waterlogged debris – smoke damage.

Your belongings’ soundness and value could be threatened by it and it’s frequently underestimated. In such catastrophic situations, you must choose a disaster restoration company that has the experience and knowledge needed to put things right again.

The Hazards of Smoke Damage

Smoke damage, a complex adversary, can inflict long-term damage on seemingly unharmed items. Part of its insidious nature is that it permeates every nook and cranny–leaving behind devastating effects. The damage smoke poses to your Chicagoland personal and business property includes:

  1. Corrosion and Erosion: Smoke, which frequently carries corrosive particles, can accelerate metal corrosion and erode delicate surfaces. As smoke particles settle on circuitry and components, electronics, machinery, and appliances may incur irreparable damage from this process.
  2. Discoloration and Staining: The chemical composition of smoke makes fabrics, upholstery, and walls susceptible to discoloration and staining. Lingering odors–along with unsightly marks–may make your Chicagoland home or business unappealing.
  3. Etching and Pitting: Smoke often etches and pits glass and metal surfaces. This effect is particularly devastating for valuable artworks, decorative items–even business equipment. Not only does it ruin their visual appeal but also compromises a machine’s functionality.
  4. Health Hazards: Harmful substances in smoke residue can mess you up physically. Lingering particles may provoke respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues; thus, it’s crucial to have smoke damage removed quickly.

The Role of a Disaster Restoration Company

A reputable disaster restoration company is aware of the complicated challenges that smoke damage poses. It specializes in mitigating its impact on your personal and business property. The professionals at ServiceMaster By Simons play a key role by performing these services:

  1. Thorough Assessment: We carefully assess the extent of smoke damage, identify affected areas, evaluate the type of smoke residue, and formulate a tailored plan for restoration.
  2. Specialized Cleaning Procedures: We employ state-of-the-art equipment and specialized cleaning techniques—such as industrial-grade cleaners, ozone generators, and advanced methods. These systems actively remove smoke residues and eliminate odors with precision. Best of all, they’re able to restore most surfaces to their original condition.
  3. Content Restoration: Beyond structural elements, ServiceMaster By Simons concentrates on salvaging and restoring personal and business contents through a process known as content restoration. This meticulous procedure may require intensive cleaning; it might also involve deodorizing – or even off-site restoration of items like furniture, electronics, and documents if necessary.
  4. Odor Elimination: Even after we address the visible damage, smoke odors can hang around. With the application of advanced deodorization techniques, our disaster restoration experts neutralize and eliminate these lingering smells; thus, they ensure a clean–even pristine–environment that promotes healthiness and well-being.
  5. Documentation and Communication: Throughout the restoration process, we meticulously document the damage and steps for restoration. This practice not only simplifies insurance claims – it also promotes clear and honest communication with property owners during every phase of their journey back to normalcy.

Our Expertise Makes the Difference

With ServiceMaster By Simons’ extensive expertise as a certified IICRC odor removal and Smoke Damage Restoration provider, we possess the skills to address any situation that comes our way. Our services for eliminating odors guarantee that all residual effects of a fire are removed and that you’ll once again be comfortable in your Chicago area home or business.


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.