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Understanding Smoke and How it Interacts With Your Property

9/1/2021 (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 – wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire, SERVPRO of Fresno NE/Shaver Lake Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration process including the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fresno NE/Shaver Lake Professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows our team to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO of Fresno NE/Shaver Lake know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The types of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. 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 materials 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

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

Special loss situations require special care.

The SERVPRO of Fresno NE/Shaver Lake team are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us, at 559-737-4041, to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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