Types of Smoke Created During A Fire
Smoke damage in Portland is often the main cause of severe damages and losses during a fire. Even after a fire is extinguished, smoke damages can still occur. Smoke and soot can penetrate into materials and structures causing long lasting odors and permanent discoloration. In addition, depending on what items were burned, smoke residue and buildup can become caustic or corrosive causing damages to nearby materials.
Below we have details on certain types of smoke that can be created during a fire and the characteristics of each.
- Wet Smoke: This type of smoke created during a lower temperature blaze. Wet smoke is generally the most difficult to clean as it creates a thick, gummy film of smoke residue that can buildup on surfaces and belongings.
- Dry Smoke: This form of smoke is created in a high temperature, high heated blaze. Due to the high temperatures, dry smoke often takes the form similar to a fine powder. Dry smoke is quite easily to clean as it can be wiped or vacuumed, but when it becomes trapped within porous surfaces it can become extremely difficult to clean as the powder-like substance can become trapped within crevices and scratches of materials while emitting smoke odors.
- Protein Smoke: This is created when protein food items are grilled or cooked. Protein smoke is generally much lighter in color, almost resembling steam, but can be damaging to paint or wood. As protein smoke can buildup onto nearby surfaces such as cabinets or backsplashes and cause permanent discoloration.
- Petroleum Smoke: This is created when oils or fuels are burned. Petroleum smoke can be devastating, because of its oil-based source, it takes on oily features. While petroleum smoke is black or dark grey in color and has oily features, this kind of smoke buildup can only be removed with agents that act as degreasers.
When you’re facing fire damages in Portland, you can rely on the disaster restoration specialists at ServiceMaster of Portland. We’re the restoration experts that will help restore and repair your property back to normal. Contact us today to learn more about our services for fire and smoke damage in Portland.