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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Know Your Smoke Situation!

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

The holiday season usally means more family time.  Whether cooking s'mores over a fire pit, getting the turkey cooked for dinner or smoking up some wings, the one by-product of all fires is smoke.  Along with these activities, the risk of fire damage to homes increases as well.

There are two different types of smoke: wet and dry.  As a result, there are diffent types of soot residue after a fire.

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area is thoroughly trained in fire clean up and restoration.  It's important to know the different type of smoke that could affect your property:

  • Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber).  Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood).  Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therfore 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 (Furnance puff backs).  While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue).  Special loss situations requre special care.

If your home or business experiences smoke damage, give us a call at (231) 943-9750 and we'll be able to assist you.

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