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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Smoke and Soot

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

After a fire damage there is always that  smoke smell. There are two different types of smoke, wet smoke and dry smoke. It sounds weird I know but a wet smoke is from your plastics and rubbers. This is a low heat, smoldering, sticky and smelly smoke typically leaving smoke webs, these are a bit more difficult to clean. A dry smoke is your paper and woods, this is a fast burning, high temperature where heat rises (aka smoke rises). Knowing the smoke type helps figure out the soot residue type left behind. There are 3 types of soot residue after a fire, fuel oil soot (furnace puff backs), protein fire residue (produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire), and other (tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue). SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle the toughest of losses.  

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