A fire can be devastating to your home, and you will want to remove the smells and stains before they set it. However, many homeowners do not realize that smoke can be difficult to deal with as well, even if there’s no fire burning! Homes that survive a fire need an inspection immediately to determine recovery options quickly. Let’s go over the different types of smoke and how they can affect your home.
Types of Smoke
Smoke damage manifests in many different ways. It can be very harmful and cause permanent damage if left untreated. The different types of smoke include:
Dry smoke is created from high-temperature fires produced by burning wood or paper products. This type of smoke can quickly fill in cracks or porous materials, creating a lingering smoke odor. Luckily, it is relatively easy to clean with traditional cleaning products.
Plastic and rubber materials create wet smoke when burned. This black smoke leaves behind oily residues, which can get into your air ducts and leave intense, smelly stains on your walls. To clean this residue, your home restoration professional will remove the remaining ash and soot. Then they will utilize chemical treatments that can clean and visible and non-visible residue. This will remove any odors or stains in the future.
Protein residue is created by evaporating organic materials in a low-heat fire. Picture a cooking accident that causes a kitchen fire, or a barbecue in your backyard goes wrong and catches fire. This type of smoke damage produces no visible smoke and soot residue. However, it can discolor surfaces and has a strong odor that is immediately noticeable.
This type of smoke is a byproduct of burning petroleum products. This smoke residue is thick and harder to remove. The strong, lingering odor will ruin the contents of your home if not cleaned immediately.
How to Get Rid of Smoke Damage
Removing smoke damage involves cleaning soot residue and smoke from furniture, floors, and painted walls. You can use a mild soap or detergent to clean the smoke off surfaces, but remember to wear rubber gloves and a mask to prevent inhalation of any particles as you clean. Be sure to rinse and dry all surfaces thoroughly to avoid mold growth.
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