Did you know that there are different kinds of soot associated with fires? SERVPRO can handle them all!
Fire damage to your home or business can be devastating. It is easy to see the aftermath of the flames as they have gobbled up your belongings and building materials in its wake. One thing that can be more encompassing than the flames is the soot released by the burning materials. Soot is acidic by nature and can cause lots of damage as it continues to degrade metals, finish coatings, and electronics until it is removed. The problem of soot removal is that it is sometime hard to see and there are different types that require specific cleaning measures. Soot also continues to spread until it uses up all of its energy, moving towards colder temperatures, often times affecting all areas of your home and business, even ones not affected directly by the fire. Luckily SERVPRO of Alachua County West is familiar with all types of soot and have the expertise needed to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fuel oil soot – Though this type of soot it not very common in Florida, due to less than 3% of its populous using fuel oil for heat, which systems are most common for “puffbacks”. A puffback is usually caused by excess fuel in the burner chamber that upon ignition causes a small explosion, sending soot throughout your vent system. This type of soot is usually grey to black and greasy in nature making it streaky and hard to clean when it’s fresh and over time, it can even bond to surfaces making it unable to be fully cleaned.
Protein residues – Protein residues are most often seen in kitchen fires. Unlike what most people consider soot to look like, it is yellow or amber in color as it coats and can be hard to see as a slight discoloration on walls, cabinets, and appliances. Because it is very hard to see this soot, the telltale sign may be a lingering odor issue if all surfaces are not thoroughly cleaned.
Wet soot – Wet smoke is typically left behind in a slow burning, low-heat fire. It is usually black and leaves behind a sticky and this residue that can be easily smeared during clean up. These are usually smoldering fires and can be caused commonly by plastic or rubber materials.
Dry soot – Opposite of wet smoke, dry smoke is most common during high heat, fast burning fires. Fuels such as wood and paper cause dry soot. Dry soot can be easier to clean, but due to the fact it has dry, fine particles it can fall into cracks and crevices, not only hard to see, but harder to clean.
For every type of soot there is SERVPRO of Alachua County West has a way to clean or restore you home or business.