The Types Of Smoke Residues Affecting Your Home After A Fire

The Types Of Smoke Residues Affecting Your Home After A Fire

Fire Damage

By Michael Panster

Your home is caught up in a rather large fire, but it seems as though there is far more smoke damage than anything else. You want to learn more about what to expect, but whom do you call?

When you and your family are affected by a fire damage situation that strikes your home. You may want access to a company that is willing to take the time to explain more about the damages that are affecting your home and assists you with making the proper adjustments to deal with your current situation. A fire and smoke damage restoration firm can help you understand more about many of the types of smoke and soot that develop during a fire, including which residues are easier to clean. Giving you a greater understanding of the services that are required to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition.

First, you need to understand that not all smoke residues are the same, there may be a combination of dry, wet, protein and fuel or oil residues found throughout your structure and as a fire progresses, each stage produces both wet and dry smoke. However, some fires produce more of one type than another, characterizing the entire exposure as primarily wet or dry. Different cleaning methods become useful in each situation, with wet materials harder to clean than dry materials.

With every fire, combustion, oxygen, and the type of objects present during a fire all have a hand in determining the classification of the fire your property experiences and the methods or services used to correct the situation properly. Fast-burning, oxygen-rich fires produce primarily dry residues, while oxygen-starved, slow-burning, smoldering fires generate more wet residues and items containing natural materials such as wood, paper, wool or cotton leave behind, powdery, non-smeary residues, while synthetic items like plastic and rubber create large smeary particles.

The cleaning methods used for dry smoke residues are often easier than their wet counterpart, and more items affected by dry residues are likely to remain restorable, while dry particles do not stain as easily as wet particles do. Protein residues caused by burnt meat, poultry or fish, leave behind a yellow or amber stain that is only slightly visible. However, the odor left behind is extremely pungent and requires excessive applications of deodorization techniques. While fuel and oil residues consist of dust particles that cause gray to black, hard crusted stains that easily penetrate and bond with painted surfaces, making it impossible to remove the stains without damaging the surface.

Learn more about residues and the services involved in cleaning them by contacting a professional fire damage restoration company today.