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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Behavior of Smoke

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of SMOKE.

There are two different types of smoke:
As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)

  • Low heat
  • Smoldering
  • Pungent odor
  • Sticky
  • Smeary

NOTE:   Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood)

  • Fast-burning
  • High temperatures
  • Heat rises, therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)

  • Virtually invisible
  • Discolors paints and varnishes
  • Extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)

  • While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

  • These special loss situations require special care.

Additional facts you may not know about smoke:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure; and
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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