BOISE, ID — When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building will never return to normal, according to a press release.

While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, professional restoration requires experience and resources to perform properly, and this means it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own, the release stated.

According to the release, while fire is always the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house; ash and smoke, if left unhindered, may cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration and lingering powerful odors.

Professionals that clean fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming they are contacted soon enough, the release noted.

There are many companies that advertise their ability to restore areas affected by fire, but only those with proper training and certification should be considered, the release added.

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