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Smoke Residues That Can Affect the Cleanability of Your Fire Damaged Los Angeles Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Many Smoke & Soot Problems in Properties

A fire can leave your home covered in smoke and soot residue that can cause permanent damage to your Los Angeles home. The cleanability of these residues depends on the type of the residue and the extent of the damage. While some coatings are relatively easy to clean, others may be a bit difficult.

Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage to your Los Angeles home requires experienced and expert professional restorers. SERVPRO technicians use specific strategies to combat different types of smoke and soot damage.

Wet and Dry smoke residue  
Most fires produce both wet and dry smoke residues. While some fires produce a predominantly dry residue, others can produce predominantly wet residue as well. Eliminating these residues requires different cleaning methods. The heat of the combustion and the fuel used to generate that heat dictate the nature of the smoke or soot.

Material damaged by dry smoke residue is easier to restore compared to the material damaged by wet residue. In general, dry residue does not penetrate deeper into the surfaces. The wet smoke residue, on the other hand, is more harmful to the surfaces and can penetrate deeper. As a result, it is more difficult to clean up, and the ability to restore an item is lower if it is damaged by this type of smoke.

Protein residue  
Kitchen fires often involve burning meat, fish or other protein. The residue generated after burning protein is amber in color and can coat cabinets and walls with a thin film. Besides, protein residues have a pungent smell that can linger on long after the fire is extinguished. If this type of residue is involved in a fire, deodorization is often a significant part of the restoration process.

Fuel oil soot
This type of soot is common if the house is heated using an oil burner. Fuel oil soot is easier to get rid of when it is fresh. If the soot is allowed to set, it can form crusty deposits that can be very difficult to clean. Furthermore, the soot particles can even bond to the walls and permanently damage the surface to the extent that it can not be cleaned, but must be replaced. Typically, in colder climates oil furnace "puff-back," basically belching of oils and smoke can cover walls and corners with soot tags. Often these are mistaken as dirty spider webs.

Professionals here at SERVPRO are equipped with the technical knowledge and expertise to tackle any smoke and soot residue.
Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for a free consultation and a cleanup.

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