We are having our home repaired after a dryer-fire. The fire was downstairs, so smoke and heat got thoughout the house. I have heard that particleboard can become weak after exposure to heat. I am concerned about our cabinets. The boxes are made from melamine or vinyl covered particleboard, with wood fronts. I don’t know how hot each area of the house got, but the laundry room was engulfed in flames, and heat came up the laundry chute onto the main floor kitchen. The house is 5 years old. It has been completely repainted, new carpet, hardwood refinished, the smoke smell is gone, but my wife can smell a “funky” odor in some cabinets. Could the particleboard in these cabinets breakdown over time? Is there any way to test them.
We are located in Washington state. Thanks for your help!