Checklist to Identify Smoke Damage to Support Your Homeowners Insurance Claim from timscott's blog

This info-graphic entitled “Checklist to Identify Smoke Damage to Support Your Homeowners Insurance Claim” provides us an overview of smoke damage assessment. When evaluating the extent of smoke damage, it is all-important to smell and look for indicators to ascertain the difference between everyday use and damage. Industrial appliances and ovens often burn wood, meat, flesh, and grease, which release odors and leave behind distinct residues.


The smoke released from cooking apparatuses can result in a natural “protein”-like odor that turns into a powdered or greasy residue, and is often gray, black, yellow, or pale brown in color. When positioning smoke damage, look for these odors and residues in a big, thick, and unconstrained capacity. The most common practice to test for smoke damage is performing a chemical sponge test.


This test can be performed on the surface of the affected areas by just wiping a chemical sponge over discoloration caused. If residue is not found on the absorbent material, it is evident that smoke damage is not existing. If residue is there, it’s peremptory to take the next step by treating the damaged area. For more information, refer to the info-graphic below.




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