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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Types of Smoke

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lane County professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke:

*Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

*Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

*The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. 


*Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

*Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) - Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

*Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

*Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) - While "puff backs" can create havoc for SERVPRO of South Eugene/Florence professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

*Other types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) - Special loss situations require special care.  

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