The Four Main Types of Smoke Damage in Your Home or Business

The Four Main Types of Smoke Damage in Your Home or Business

A fire is a force of nature not to be reckoned with, and when ignited in the close quarters of a home or business, the damage left behind can last for weeks if not properly dealt with. Many may think the damage is limited to solely what is charred by the flames. However, the lingering smoke can create persisting problems because the residue will hide in porous materials like carpets, upholstery, and wood.

To begin the restoration process, a professional (like our team at Daleen Restoration and Remediation) must analyze the area to determine what type of smoke damage it is. There are four common types of smoke damage in homes or businesses: Dry smoke, wet smoke, protein residue, and fuel/oil residue. Only after identifying the type of smoke damage can we decide which unique restoration process must occur. 

The Types of Smoke Damage and How to Identify Them 

  1. Dry Smoke

Dry Smoke is fueled by fast-burning, high-temperature materials like paper or wood. These fires most commonly occur in business offices and within homes. While this smokes leaves behind a powdery texture that is generally easy to clean up, it does not mean you are free from smoke residue. This smoke blankets and fills cracks or porous materials, like carpets, desks, and chairs, leaving behind a persistent smokey odor, even after you have wiped everything down. This is a prime example of something more than meets the eye, and while you may struggle to eliminate the odor, it is a simple smoke damage job for professionals. 

  1. Wet Smoke

Wet smoke is like the black sheep of smoke damage. It is created from low-heat, smoldering fires produced by melting plastic or rubber. This smoke damage is thick, dark, and foul-smelling and leaves a dense and sticky residue all over your home or business. Unlike dry smoke, this residue smears during the cleaning process, making it difficult for you to clean using everyday cleaning products. This smoke damage requires the use of professional equipment to eliminate the unsightly mess and lingering smell from your home or business space. You must immediately tackle this smoke damage because the longer the residue sits, the harder it is to remove. 

  1. Protein Residue

Protein residue smoke damage is quite sneaky. There is nearly no noticeable soot or streaking when cleaning. However, it can permanently damage painted, varnished, or other finished surfaces, leaving them discolored. The residue happens when organic materials burn in low-heat and are most common in kitchen cooking fires. The average eye may not believe this type of smoke damage needs restoration because it is almost invisible, but the smell is prominent and will linger long after the fire is handled if not treated by professionals. 

  1. Fuel/Oil Residue

Fuel/oil residue is the least common smoke damage seen in home and business fires. The presence of petroleum products during burning causes this kind of smoke damage. This residue is thick and sticky and very difficult to clean because of constant smearing. The odor is highly unpleasant and will quickly ruin upholstered furniture and carpets if not promptly cleaned using professional services. 

It is Important to Know Who To Call For Your Smoke Damage Emergencies

Dealing with smoke damage is not an easy task. It is easier to make the problem worse before correcting it if not quickly handled by a professional. Smoke easily penetrates porous surfaces like carpets and upholstery, lingering deep where the eye can not see. At Daleen Restoration, we understand the seriousness of a fire and will quickly work to stop the smoke and soot damage before it destroys your property and belongings. It is always our goal to restore both to their previous state, saving you money in the long run. Please visit our services page for more information, or contact us today to receive a free quote for fire and smoke damage. 

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