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Fire Damage Crestwood - A Look at the Different Types of Smoke Damage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Different Types of Smoke Damage

While it’s true that fire damage in Crestwood, MO can be devastating, the smoke produced by the fire can cause substantial residual damage. Unlike the fire itself, smoke travels everywhere, including areas of your home that were not directly involved in the blaze. If not properly treated, smoke damage caused by even the smallest fire can make your property unlivable. As a result, smoke damage restoration is a primary concern during the fire restoration process.
 
Smoke damage resulting from fire damage in Webster Groves usually falls into four different categories. They include:
 
Dry smoke
Dry smoke is usually the result of fast burning, high-temperature fires and emits a musky odor. Due to its powdery-like consistency, professionals can often remove it easily from solid surfaces. Unfortunately, it can become trapped in porous or cracked surfaces, where it is extremely challenging to remove.
 
Wet smoke
Wet damage has an especially pungent smoky and is most often the result of a fire that burns slowly at low temperatures (often referred to as smoldering). This odor is the product of the sticky, thick film of residue that it often leaves behind on surfaces. Needless to say, this type of smoke damage is the most difficult to remove from both structures and belongings.
 
Petroleum Smoke
Produced when oil or a substance that is oil-based catches fire, petroleum smoke is extremely dark and has the potential to stain and discolor anything it comes in contact with. However, it is relatively easy to clean up using a degreasing agent.
 
Protein Smoke
Protein smoke, as well as the almost overwhelming odor it produces, is often the result of organic materials or food catching fire. Although the soot it produces tends to be difficult to see because of its light color, it is easy to feel. Despite its light color, it has the potential to damage the color of wood surfaces permanently.

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