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Smoke Damage in Electronics

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Do electronics still work after a fire?

Although fires bring extensive damage to your property, the consequences of smoke are also worth mentioning. Let’s talk about what smoke can do to your electronics.

Smoke contains different chemical compounds that can cause damage to computers, TV’s and even sound systems. Electronics are sensitive enough that their circuitry can be easily damaged by smoke from the smallest of fires.

Smoke causes damage through the heat elements that lead to failure in electronics. It infiltrates the inner components and coats parts with a black film. When the inner workings are coated, especially the parts that produce heat as part of the electronics, it creates insulation and a magnetic charge. 

Soot buildup is also a cause for concern. It could get pushed by smoke and make contact with anything in its path. Soot from smoke contains acidity that will destroy metals and cause disintegration and discoloration. If the area is damp, the moisture will make the soot even more acidic, which could lead to permanent staining surfaces. 

Can my device be saved?

Sometimes the damage done by smoke is simply too much to restore certain devices. It all depends on the damage and the type of electronics in question. 

After a fire, damaged electronics are a safety hazard. Keep them turned off until a professional takes a look at them. Also take into consideration the potential water damage done from putting the fire out. This could lead to a shortage. You can improve the chances of saving any device by carefully unplugging, removing, and cleaning items. However, if it has a heavy coating of soot, smoke, or burn marks, restoring it is not an option. Rather safely discard the device. 

Something SERVPRO of Alexandria understands, is that smoke damage can be as problematic as fire or water damage. Therefore, we want our community in Central Louisiana to be well informed about the issues smoke can cause and how to properly address them. We are an emergency service ready to help any day at any time. You can contact us through phone at (318) 427-7511 with any questions.

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