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Facts About Smoke

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.  Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.  The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.  There are various types of smoke that may be in play in a fire.  There is what is called Wet Smoke. This is made up of plastic and rubber.  Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky and smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.  Then there is Dry Smoke.  This is made up of paper and wood.  Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore smoke rises.  Protein Fire Residue is the third type of smoke.  This is produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.  It is virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, and has an extreme pungent odor.  Fuel Oil Soot is our final type of smoke. This involves furnace puff backs.  While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, in most cases SERVPRO of High Point can restore the contents and structure quickly.

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