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Different Types of Smoke Damage

smoke damaged home after a fire

Protect Your Property from Smoke Damage Effects

It’s important for home and business owners to be aware of the different types of smoke damage.

Extinguish a fire promptly when it hits your home or commercial space.

The aftermath extends beyond extinguishing the fire or extracting the standing water.

Lingering smoke damage can have lasting effects on your property, as well as you and your family.

Today, we’ll discuss various types of smoke damage, how to recognize them, and how to eliminate them.

Smoke damage and its impact on your health

Regardless of types of smoke damage, they contain various acids that can do pretty substantial damage to your home.

They can cause corrosion, damage marble, glass and even cause discoloration in your floors, carpeting and other materials too.

Not only does it affect your belongings, smoke can carry tiny, microscopic airborne soot particles too.

These can easily get into lungs and pores so you should avoid smoke inhalation.

The most vulnerable are older people, kids and teenagers.

If you happen to inhale some of the smoke, it will manifest in some of the following symptoms:

  • Scratchy throat
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Pain
  • Stinging eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Asthma attack

The acidic component of smoke causes discoloration on floors and fabrics and can irritate the skin.

Even after thorough washing, smoke and soot particles may persist on clothes and furniture fabric, causing further harm.

Each type of smoke damage is unique, presenting its own challenges just like mold contamination.

Though all smoke can cause long-term damage to both health and property.

Dealing with them thoroughly and properly is crucial, with the assistance of a professional smoke damage restoration service.

Types of smoke damage – Oil smoke

Oil smoke, the least common type in homes, results from fires starting at the fuel source.

Burning fuel produces dangerous fumes, causing throat irritation, nausea, dizziness, and confusion.

The fumes, when combined with smoke, intensify the problem, spreading further with added heat.

These types of smoke damage are uncommon in households due to the special fuels not typically kept at home.

They are more prevalent in places like car repair garages or printing companies that regularly store flammable fuels.

Even without such chemicals at home, there’s still a risk if your building has a furnace.

A malfunctioning furnace can lead to oil smoke damage, where residue sticks to surrounding areas.

This sticky residue is challenging to clean and may be present even without an actual fire, often caused by puff-backs.

Wet smoke

This is the second type of smoke damage, caused by a low-burning or smoldering fire.

Inadequate heat prevents proper burning, but it still produces sooty, black, and thick smoke.

Like the previous type, this smoke is sticky and has a harsh smell, making it challenging to clean away.

Dry smoke

On the opposite side of the spectrum are hot and fast-burning fires that generate a specific type of smoke.

Smoke, from natural burning materials like wood or paper, is dry and easier to clean than wet or oily smoke.

The advantage lies in the non-sticky residue, but dry soot and smoke can still penetrate cracks and pours.

Even after thorough cleaning, lingering odors may persist.

Contact a professional smoke damage restoration service if fire has affected your home.

Our skilled team can swiftly assess, recommend the best course of action, and restore your property.

If your home is already experiencing smoke damage issues, contact ASAP Restoration for help today!