Fire Damage and Soot
The effects of fire damage and soot’s are usually extremely visible but many components or resultant damage can remain hidden or latent. Fire damage can be split into primary and secondary effects and the secondary effects of fire damage can include corrosion, intermittent electrical faults, and odour. Soot’s are usually carried by air flow away from the initial fire to areas of lower temperature or pressure and this can include cavities and corners where soot deposits usually accumulate. Fire damage should ideally be surveyed by specialist to assess the level of chlorides and secondary damage. Chloride scoots are the result of PVC or plastic burning which releases chlorides and these when activated with moisture in the air become hydrochloric acid.