Many homeowners may not recognise the damage that can be caused by a protein fire. Whereas damage from a typical fire is obvious, protein fires can be more destructive. Many homeowners underestimate the damage of a protein fire because they don’t see the “typical” black smoke residue commonly associated with home fires. A protein fire produces a fine mist that has a rancid strong odour that can also compromise structural materials and contents in the home. These protein residues can penetrate cabinets, drawers, air ducts, furniture and clothing. A quick fix clean-up will not adequately remove the mist and odours as the proper cleaning steps are required to remove this odour from the structure and contents. It takes extensive cleaning of walls, floors, ceiling and contents of the home to rid the home of this offensive odour. To prevent a protein fire in your home, make sure that you don’t leave foods such as eggs, chicken, meat or beans on the stove when you are not home and make sure to keep these foods from burning or boiling over. An ounce of prevention can save you from the headache of a major odour clean up in your home!
If you have damage as a result of a fire, have it professionally assessed. In Property Claims Loss Assessors Ltd we are Engineers and Building Surveyors with over 20 years’ experience. In addition to storm damage we also cover damage from pipe leaks, storm, flood, subsidence, break-ins, etc. Our first survey is free and we are a ‘no win no fee’ company.