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Everything you need to know about SMOKE

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

two technicians cleaning ceiling from soot

 Behavior of Smoke

A fire loss is very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. That is why it is important to have trained technicians. SERVPRO Professionals know their smoke!

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas
  • Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process.

Type of Smoke:

  1. Wet SmokePlastics and Rubbers
    Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  2. Dry SmokePaper and Wood 
    Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises. 
  3. Protein- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  4. Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs
    While the "puff backs" can create havoc, SERVPRO can normally restore the contents and structure quickly
  5. Other Types- Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue
    Special loss situations require special care. SERVPRO Professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses!

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