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Five Types of Smoke Damage

December 15, 2018

two firefighters battling flamesMany people are aware that smoke damage can be devastating, and often causes more damage than flames themselves. However, not everyone is aware of the various types of smoke damage, or residue. Each type of residue resulting from a fire can have different impacts on your property and require different methods when it comes to fire restoration in Houston.

Dry Smoke Residue

Dry smoke residue is a result of fast-burning fires that burn at a high temperature. It is generally dry and has a powder-like consistency.

Wet Smoke Residue

On the other hand, wet smoke residue occurs from smoldering fires with a lower temperature. It is sticky and carries a stronger odor than dry smoke residue. Wet smoke residue can smear, thus making cleanup more difficult.

Protein Residue

While protein residue is mostly invisible, it can still discolor paints and other finishes. It also has a very strong smell.

Fuel/Oil Residue

Generally, fuel or oil residue only occurs when petroleum products were present at the site of the fire. Like wet smoke residue, it is sticky and difficult to clean.

Fire Extinguisher Residue

Dry chemical fire extinguishers leave behind a corrosive powder, while wet chemical extinguishers discharge a fine mist.

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