Smoke Removal

Getting Rid Of Smoke

A fire and smoke restoration project can be very complex due to the natural path of smoke. Smoke will travel much farther than the visibly burnt damage. If the Heating and Cooling system is running at the time of the fire, the smoke can be distributed throughout the entire home. Smoke can migrate into any area where oxygen is present such as the interior of cabinets, electronics and virtually anything that is not airtight.

Smoke can be very greasy leaving a residue that will continue to put off an odor if it is not restored properly. It is important to know the details surrounding the fire. Different types of fires put off different types of smoke that can alter the restoration process. Depending on the heat levels and types of materials that were burned can change the chemical makeup of the smoke.

Wet Smoke

  • Result from water being used to extinguish the fire from either the fire department, a sprinkler system or from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are smeary and have a pungent smoke and musty odor and usually require wet cleaning to be removed.

Dry Smoke

  • Result from a fire source that is more combustible or fast burning such as wood and burns at higher temperatures. These residues can also be caused with a furnace puff back. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeary smoke particles that require a dry cleaning process before wet cleaning and are the easiest to remove.

Oily Smoke

  • Result from grease fire, burned plastic, fuel oil furnace back up  from heavy nicotine build up before the fire damage even occurred. This type of soot is smeary and usually requires additional cleaning steps to remove. This type of soot is resistant to water based cleaning.

Protien Residue

  • Result from burned meat or eggs. They are virtually invisible residues that can penetrate into all surfaces including paints, floor coverings, wood and plastics causing an extreme pungent odor. This is the most difficult odor to eliminate.

Other types of Residues

  • Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues must also be cleaned.


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