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2 Types of Fires That Result In Smoke Damage Clean Up Services in Atlanta

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Atlanta home Our professionals will perform multiple tests so that your home or business is restored properly after a fire.

When your Atlanta home or business suffers from fire damage, you will need to hire a professional fire restoration company to clean the soot. 

Two Types of Smoke Damage

After a fire affects your home or business, you will be left with smoke and soot covering the interior of your home. 

Did you know that smoke and soot can travel throughout your home and penetrate other rooms? Smoke and soot cause interior damage to the paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other personal belongings. 

There are two classified  fire damage types, simple and complex:

What are Simple fires?

Simple fires are fueled by pure combustibles, like wood. These combustibles are natural to target and to start and fuel a fire. 

What are complex fires?

Complex fires are the most common house fires in Atlanta. Synthetic materials fuel house fires. Synthetic materials include properties found in carpets, furniture, toys, and wiring. These types of fires frequently result in incomplete combustion and are the products of soot and acid deposits.

Smoke and soot removal service must happen quickly after the fire occurs. Fast-acting Smoke damage services minimize damage to fabrics, electronic devices, and painted surfaces.

Types of Smoke Residues

Once one of our certified professionals arrives at a fire scene, they will perform tests on the materials covered in soot. After extensive testing, the fire damage professional will determine which type of smoke damage has occurred in your home. We base our cleaning procedures based on the information identified during the soot and smoke damage testing. 

There are five types of residues that we find after a home fire. SERVPRO offers services to clean the following type of residues:

  1. Wet Smoke Residues – This is the most common type of residue in Atlanta home fires. Wet smoke residues are the result of smoldering fires with low heat. These residues are incredibly sticky, smeary with pungent odors that are difficult to remove. 
  2. Dry Smoke Residues – The hotter the fire, the more dry smoke residues are present. These residues result from fast-burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, and small. The only positive side of this type of residue is that it is not as challenging to clean because it contains non smeary smoke particles
  3. Protein Residues – Virtually invisible residues that cause severe damage to your home interiors. Protein residues will discolor the paint on your walls and varnishes. Aswell protein residues contain an extremely pungent odor. To help with the smell, one of our SERVPRO professionals will install an air purifier.  
  4. Fuel Oil Soot – When a furnace puff backs, you can bet it will distribute fuel oil soot.
  5. Other Types of Residues – Our certified professionals have experience in restoring residues caused by tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguishers. These types of residues need just as much attention as fire causing residues. 

Give us a call today at (404) 835-0200 if your property has recently suffered from smoke and soot damages. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is well equipped with a team of restoration professionals that can handle any size disaster. 

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