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Fire Damage in Affton  Causes Smoke Residue

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

This is a Very Serious House Fire in Affton

If you think that every case of fire damage in Affton is the same, you are sorely uninformed; every instance of fire damage is unique. The wide array of substances and materials within a home or business can result in a variety of different fire sources. Differing fire sources results in differing attention and recovery treatments. We here at SERVPRO would like to educate you on the four primary varieties of fire and smoke damage sources.

1. Smoke Residue from Natural Substances

Materials like paper and wood can easily catch on fire and leave a black and gray residue where the smoke has come into contact with surfaces. This type of fire damage residue can be cleaned by vacuuming and using a dry sponge. You, as the homeowner should not attempt to remove the residue on your own. The .004-micron size of smoke particles allows for seepage into just about any area of your house, including the gaps between floors and walls. While this information may not seem like much to be concerned about, each and every particle carries the strong and recognizable smell of smoke. Left untreated, this smell can cause a persistent problem for residents, guests, and even diminish the value of your home. The thorough removal of smoke particles entails several treatments, including exposure to ozone that a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO has been doing for years.

2. Smoke Residue from Proteins

Any burnt meat, such as chicken or beef, can leave a greasy mess behind. Treatment of such residue requires training and an in-depth knowledge of specialized cleaning.

3. Smoke Residue from Synthetic Materials

Residue from any plastic or material related to plastics could be dangerous to your health. The residue from the chemical reaction of plastics can smear if not properly handled. Much like dealing with the residue from burnt proteins, cleaning and restoring this sort of residue requires specialized training.

4. Residue from a Malfunctioning Oil Burner

This residue also referred to as "puff back" is the result of a misfiring oil burner that has expelled the ensuing residue throughout the entirety of the house by way of your heating system. Due to the potentially exhaustive level of saturation within your home, it is strongly advised that you contact a professional damage contractor or cleaning company like SERVPRO if your home experiences this issue.

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