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Different Types of Smoke Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke damage Smoke damage caused by an indoor fire

Fire damage is not always as straight forward as it seems. Our team at SERVPRO Burlington/Middlebury wants you to be aware of different types of smoke damage that can occur in your home or business. There are essentially three main types of smoke and residues that can be left behind by fire damage:

Synthetic: These synthetic residues appear when oil-based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn, they will produce a thick black smoke and leave behind a smeary residue that can create quite the mess if not cleaned up properly. Make sure to always avoid touching any of these residues to prevent smearing.

Protein: Fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans, for example, will leave behind a yellowish-brown residue. The texture of which is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up. This is why it is important to always ask for help from a trusted source such as our team at SERVPRO Burlington/Middlebury

Natural: These type of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in color. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues, though they can spread throughout a contained area fairly quickly.

If you have any smoke damage that you need cleaned, call our team of professionals at SERVPRO Burlington/Middlebury, and we will be sure to get you sorted.

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