Fire Damage Technicians Out Of Kendall Explain Different Types Of Smoke Residues
Soot and Smoke Odors and Films Are Handled by SERVPRO
If a fire ever starts on your property in Kendall, the heat and the smoke coming from the blaze can both cause you problems. The flames and heat can burn structural materials and components causing them to be removed and replaced. Smoke coming from the burn can travel throughout the entire home and ruin items.
Smoke residues can permanently stain contents and building materials requiring them to be replaced. In some fire damage scenarios in Kendall, it is possible to save your possessions and building materials with cleaning and removing soot residues. How easy it is to clean items depends on the types of soot present inside the structure after the burn takes place.
Cleanability of soot residues varies based on how wet or dry the smoke that traveled through the building was. Dry smoke is created by blazes that burn natural materials at a fast rate and have plenty of oxygen. Wet smoke is produced by fires that burn synthetic materials slowly and are oxygen-starved. Most fires create a variety of both wet and dry smoke throughout their duration.
Dry smoke is easier to clean than wet smoke, and our SERVPRO technicians can wipe it off with dry sponges or clean it with water-based chemicals. Vacuuming carpets and fabrics of loose soot and debris are very useful as an initial step. If the smoke is more dry than wet, less aggressive cleaning methods can be used to remove the soot. If the smoke is too wet, then cleaning can be extremely difficult or impossible.
If the fire starts inside your kitchen, then there is a good chance that the fuels burned was a protein such as meat, poultry, or fish. Proteins produce smoke that leaves behind residues that are yellow or amber in color. Protein residues created foul odors and must get cleaned so that odors are eliminated. In some cases, all areas of the home must be cleaned because foul odors can exist even if the protein residues cannot be seen.
Fuel oil soot can also be created during a fire. In colder climates, soot tags that resemble black spider webs can be seen in corners and ceiling areas. Fresh soot usually comes in large or small particles and can usually be cleaned easily. For professional help cleaning different types of soot residues, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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