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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

DYK: Behavior of Fire & Smoke

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

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Fires can be caused by many things from candles, wood stoves, electrical malfunction, cooking/ grease fires, space heaters, and more.

Did you know there are different types of smoke & fire residue? Not only that, but smoke has unique behavior that impacts the way your property is affected by smoke.

There are two types of smoke: wet and dry. Depending on what is burning determines the type of smoke residue that is produced.

The various types of smoke/ residues are:

  • Wet Smoke: Plastic and Rubber
  • Dry Smoke: Paper and Wood
  • Protein Fire Residue: Prodiced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
  • Fuel Oil Soot: Furnace Puffback
  • Other Types: Tear gas, finger print powder, and fire extinguisher dust.

Behavior of Smoke:

  • Smoke migrates to cooler areas, and upper levels of structures
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems and seeps through holes that pipes go through
  • The type of smoke can greatly impact the restoration process

No matter the type of fire loss or residue left, SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in understanding the behavior of smoke and cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services.

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