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Smoke Damage And Lasting Effects

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

We all know the familiar phrase “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”  The opposite is also true.  When there is fire, there is most definitely smoke filling the area.

Smoke is an unavoidable side effect of fires in homes and businesses. Everyone has an idea of what smoke looks like, but many people don't know that different types of smoke result from different types of fires.  Each kind of smoke will affect the area differently, especially when it comes to the residue that is left behind.

Smoke can be white, black, and every shade of gray in between.  Any smoke is made up of different substances like carbon particles and water vapor. The color varies based on the composition of the smoke.  For instance, a white smoke has more water vapor.  This will leave behind what is known as wet smoke residue.  A darker smoke will consist of a higher concentration of particulate matter from incomplete combustion of surrounding materials.  This smoke can penetrate porous surfaces deeper and leave a thicker layer of particles and darker discoloration.  Both smoke types leave their own unique odor, both of which need to be remediated.

As you can see, smoke damage after a fire isn't as simple as wiping down surfaces.  It is a process that requires expert diagnosis of the affected surfaces and type of smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Stamford has over 30 years of experience with fire and smoke damage. Our SERVPRO crews can have your Stamford home back to normal in no time after a fire damage.

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