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What Are The Different Types of Smoke & Soot Damage?

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage to any home or business can be devistating, but the good news is that SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview can help you get recovered and back to normal in no time.

Most fire damage is caused by the smoke that produced during the fire.  Areas of the structure that were directly burnt by the fire will need to be completely removed and replaced.  In most cases this is a small amount of the damage, the majority of the damage will come from smoke that filled the building and spread to multiple rooms.  Smoke that settles is referred to as soot.  Soot is like a heavy dust particle that is dark grey or black in color and must be properly removed to avoid additional damages to the structure.

Dry smoke residue:

  • Caused by wood or paper burning.
  • Can be cleaned with a dry method using a specialty sponge.

Protein Residue:

  • Caused from meat, poultry, eggs and beans.
  • This residue is typically invisible and has a pungent odor.

Wet Smoke Residue:

  • Smoldering, cool and oxygen starved fires that move slower and often contaminates deeper.
  • Water has interacted with the original fire potentially from firefighters, humidity or the weather.

Plastic or Petroleum Residue:

  • Burns vigorously at low temperatures.
  • Smoke sticks together and does not disperse quickly.
  • Smears easily because of the oily base.
  • Highly corrosive and forms "smoke webs"

Each of the varying smoke types has a proper way to clean and remediate their damages to ensure that we can mitigate (reduce) the loss of building materials.  In some cases our IICRC certified technicians utilize a specially designed dense sponge to remove the soot from the surface of walls, ceilings and furnishings.  With other soot and smoke types a wet method and chemical treatments are needed to remove thick and stick soot.

If you are effected by a fire of any size you should contact SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview at (281) 422-7292 to have one of our certified Production Managers come out to scope your damages and assist you in making it,

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