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Identifying Smoke Damage in New York City and Across the Tri-State Area

VOETS, LLC offers smoke damage and residue testing and consulting services to protect building occupants and to assist with property insurance claims and restoration efforts.

New York, NY – WEBWIRE

Smoke damage can cause indoor environmental quality concerns that could impact people’s health and lower property values.

With the millions of people that live in New York City, buildings fires are an all too common occurrence. In fact in 2015, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) responded to approximately 1.7 million calls, a record for a single year.
In addition to the threat posed to people, building fires destroy or damage many homes and businesses each year.  These fires may burn a structure down to the ground, but many others are saved with varying degrees of damage. 
A fire can be devastating and cause property damage even to neighboring buildings not directly touched by flames.  Fires typically produce a tremendous amount of smoke that can be carried some distance.  The smoke is made up of a number of combustion by-products that may include ash, soot, char, and other materials.  These materials can often easily infiltrate other units in a multitenant building as well as nearby buildings leaving behind odors and residues.
“Smoke damage can cause indoor environmental quality concerns that could impact people’s health and lower property values,” said Michael Berrevoets, President, VOETS, LLC. “While homeowners, renters, or property insurance may cover smoke damage, it is sometimes left to the property owner or policyholder to provide proof of damages.  Although the presence of visible damage can be obvious, other times it requires the services of a professional to prove the presence of residues, odors, and other damage that may not be readily apparent.”
When smoke damage has occurred, it is important to begin restoration services sooner than later to prevent additional damage.  The corrosive effect of smoke residues can begin to cause extensive etching, corrosion, and discoloration as time passes. Fire and smoke damaged buildings may also have mold issues due to the water used in fire suppression efforts and older buildings could have lead and asbestos that could become an issue, especially during demolition and repair activities.
Helping New York City and tri-state area residents and business owners identify smoke damage, residues, odors, mold, asbestos, lead-based paints, and other environmental concerns following a fire, are the building science professionals at VOETS. They offer testing services and can provide guidance for remediation and repair efforts as well as final clearance testing to ensure indoor environmental issues were properly resolved. VOETS also recently sponsored an educational video about smoke damage after a fire that can be seen at:
To learn more about VOETS and their property damage services or occupational, environmental, health, and safety testing and consulting services, please visit, email, or call (212) 860-7450.
About Verification, Operations, and Environmental Testing Services (VOETS, LLC)
VOETS, LLC began operations in 2016 with some of the most seasoned professional indoor environmental quality consultants in the nation. They bring a proven track record of identifying and resolving a wide range of building science, industrial hygiene, and construction health and safety issues.  VOETS offers environmental compliance, indoor air quality, mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, Legionella, environmental site assessments (ESAs), training, and industrial hygiene consulting services. The company specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional, healthcare, and residential buildings throughout New York City and the tri-state area.

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