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What Are the Different Types of Smoke Residues?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has Professionally, Trained Technicians That Are Knowledgeable in Smoke Damage Remediation 

No matter the size of the fire in Berkeley Township, it leaves behind smoke and soot residue. A professional restoration company is required to clean your home or business thoroughly. Everyday cleaning products will not do the job. 

Are smoke residue and soot two different things? 

When a blaze occurs in a Berkeley Township home, it causes fire damage, and one of the most significant issues is smoke residue. Soot is the result of smoke that has settled and seeps into the smallest crack or crevice. But not all smoke damage is the same. There are four types of smoke residue SERVPRO typically deals with: 

  • Dry
  • Wet
  • Protein
  • Fuel oil 

Dry and Wet Smoke 

Fires progress through stages, eventually producing wet and dry smoke. Each one requires a different cleaning method. Dry smoke leaves small, dry particles on the surface and does not stain as badly as wet smoke. Dry smoke is easier to clean. Dry brushing and vacuuming can remove a good deal of the residue. Wet smoke is harder to clean because it involves aerosols such as solvents. Many times items that have severe wet smoke damage are not restorable. 

Protein Smoke 

Protein residues often result from kitchen fires as it is the burning of meats or chicken that causes the problem. This smoke has strong odors that need dealing with too. It can spread rapidly through the home. 

Fuel Oil Smoke 

This type of smoke often involves an oil-burning heat source. The soot is dark and greasy. Initially, it can be removed from surfaces reasonably effortlessly, but if not removed for extended periods is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

 For any fire damage cleanup service, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898. We are licensed and bonded – General Contractor License: 13VH04999700.

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