Smoke Damage Public Adjuster
Texas Smoke DamageYour home survived the flames of a Texas wildfire, yet the smoke still lingers. Whether your house has extensive, visible smoke damage or a lingering odor that won't go away, recovering from the smoke damage could require extensive repairs. A smoke damage public adjuster can assess the damage and help you with all aspects of the insurance claim.
How Smoke Gets In
Smoke from Texas wildfires enters homes through siding, weep holes in bricks, chimneys, soffit vents, and doors and windows that are not sealed properly. It can also be sucked in through air conditioning systems that draw it in through the attic vents and then disperse the smoke through the ductwork to the rest of the home.
Visible and Invisible Smoke Damage
Smoke damage often leaves behind a visible layer of soot and ashes or discolors surfaces. However, even if you can't see obvious signs of smoke damage your nose knows! In severe cases, the smell of smoke doesn't go away without intervention.
Removing Lingering Smoke Odors
While the smoke itself eventually dissipates, the lingering odor is extremely difficult to remove. Remember how smoke travels through air conditioning ductwork? The lingering odor inside the corrugated, flexible A/C ductwork is difficult to remove. In fact, the ductwork may need to be replaced. To make matters worse, replacing ductwork between the first and second stories of a home often requires ripping out drywall.
Faint smoke odors can linger for years in the insulated exterior walls. When the wind blows, it could drive these faint odors back inside. Solving this typically involves replacing both the drywall and wall insulation on all exterior walls or encapsulating the inside surface of brick or siding material to prevent the odor from being driven back into the home every time the wind pressurizes a wall cavity.
If these smoke damage restoration measures sound expensive, you're right. Ripping out drywall, replacing ductwork and wall insulation, and encapsulating walls are costly repairs that may be covered by your homeowners insurance policy. If a Texas wildfire has swept through and left your house severely damaged by smoke, contact a smoke damage public adjuster and find out the next step.