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The Behavior of Smoke

11/15/2019 (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.

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, our professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and its contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows our professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County to focus on saving your precious items.

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County know smoke can pentrate various cavitiies 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 points 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 type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke. (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and 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 material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors, paints and varnished, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot. (Furnace puff backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, Our professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County are trained to handle even the toughest of losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us to help make it "Like it never even happened."

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