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Question DetailsAsked on 8/8/2012

I have fire damage in one bedroom heavy fire and smoke damage would it be a good idea to gut the bedroom

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Is it just really black from smoke? If so, we would prime it all with oil based primer, then paint it the next day. We handle a lot of smoke damage units. We paint all of Langley Properties' apartments. If there is no physical damage, it's an easy fix. :)

Fields Painting

Answered 8 years ago by Taterfields


If it's not an insurance project, ultimately it's your choice, what can happen is smoke gets into the wall (through electrical outlets) and penetrates any insulation. We have seen some reasonably small fires contaminate entire houses.

When you say it's a heavy fire, I would lean toward gutting the room at a minimum, but really, you should perform some testing to make sure it is worthwhile or necessary. If the furnace or HVAC was running during the fire that can spread the smell throughout the entire house. Merely painting the surfaces won't fix it because the HVAC redistributes smoke/soot every time it runs, which wrecks the painting by putting new soot/smoke on the walls.

What happens is after the first sequence of (inadequate) repair, (and winter comes and you heat the house) the smoke odor can return. Removing all wall finishes (gypsum board/sheetrock) encapsulating the studs ("soda blasting") then replacing insulation (as applicable) and new sheetrock is a more reliable fix, but it will cost more.

Bear in mind if you eventually sell the home, you are supposed to disclose such an incident as well as how it was repaired.

If water was used to extinguish the fire, that can also compromise the sheetrock (Gypsum Association document GA 231 "Assessing water damage to gypsum board" recommends replacing any gypsum board that got wet, due to the potential for mold). This also leans you in the direction of gutting at a minimum this room. GA 238 also has some useful guidelines.

You can have indoor air quality testing performed, but they need to drill a hole into the wall cavity, wait five minutes or so for the dust to settle, run the sample, and then submit it for analysis, that will tell you if the wall cavity has soot/smoke in it.

Generally a fire repair is covered by insurance and the appropriate repair is to test for soot/smoke contamination in the walls and throughout the house and repair appropriately. The ducts may also need to be cleaned.

If your insurance company is not treating you how you feel is fair, you might consider a public (insurance) adjuster's services.


Answered 6 years ago by brianjohnsonpe

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