Smoke Damage Restoration
Smoke is simply fuel that did not burn, made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon and other material. Complete combustion gives off light, heat, the gas carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Smoke contains these gases, although it did not ignite. The difference between smoke damage and fire damage is that fires will leave items charred, covered in ash, melted, or otherwise distorted or completely destroyed. Much of this material is likely not salvageable. Smoke damage is caused as the fire is extinguished. As fires produce intense dry heat, when they are put out, a hot and humid smoke is released. This smoke can cause extensive problems, especially among wood objects. The pores in wood open and the wood absorbs various odors, which are often very difficult to remove.
Smoke damage can come from four basic varieties. Wet Smoke is described as resulting from a low heat fire. The smoke will have a pungent odor and a sticky, smeary texture. Dry Smoke results from fast burning high temperature fire. Protein smoke has an extreme pungent odor but is virtually invisible, but it will discolor paints and varnish your structure. Fuel oil soot smoke result from furnace current returns cause fuel oil soot. Other types of smoke include tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.