In the event of a fire breaking out within any property, many believe that it is simply the heat and flames of a fire that causes the destruction of their structures and belongings. That is not completely true and is only part of the equation, in the event of a fire, there is one key aspect that causes a significant portion of damages, and that would be from the residual smoke. The leftover smoke from a fire can cause a significant amount of damages as it comes into contact with materials and objects, penetrating and becoming absorbed causing additional damages.
Smoke may not be able to damage items with heat or cause them to disintegrate, but it can render structures and items permanently tarnished, useless, and emit heavy smoke odors. But not all smoke damage is the same; depending on the item that was burned, there are a variety of different types of smoke damage that can occur.
- Wet Smoke This type of smoke occurs when there is a slow-burning, low-temperature fire. Wet smoke is often the most difficult form of smoke cleanup as it can create a thick film or residue on the surfaces that it comes into contact with.
- Dry Smoke: This type of smoke generally takes of the form of a fine powder that is created in a high-temperature blaze. Due to its powdery form, dry smoke can easily be cleaned from non-porous surfaces with the proper cleaning agent. When dry smoke meets a porous surface, you run the risk of having the dry smoke become trapped in the tiny holes and crevices of a surface, which can become extremely difficult to clean.
- Protein Smoke: Protein smoke often occurs from the burning of food. It is light in color and can be difficult to see. But when protein smoke is able to come into contact with painted or wood varnished surfaces, they can become permanently discolored.
- Petroleum Smoke: The burning of oil or oil-based fuels causes this type of smoke to occur. It’s dark in color and will stain any surface or object it comes into contact with.
In a fire, there can be several types of smoke that can be created, the ones mentioned above are some of the more common types of smoke that is created in a fire, as you can find several items in any home or commercial facility that can produce wet, dry, protein, or petroleum smoke types. For Fort Worth smoke damage restoration, contact your local experts at ServiceMaster TEAM. We provide smoke damage and fire damage cleanup services to the properties in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.