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Soot vs Smoke

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… and frequently soot damage, as well. Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home or business, causing hidden damage and odor. 

Smoke is the result of combustion. Smoke contains solids, liquids and gasses. If smoke contains hot oils, which are cooled rapidly, they can form a film on surfaces which can be difficult to remove. 

Soot is the solid residues as a result of combustion. The three elements required for combustion are heat, fuel, and oxygen. Soot is the part of the material that did not burn. When combined with moisture soot becomes acidic. Soot residues are usually more attracted to cooler surfaces. The amount of soot residue increases as the temperature increases. The severity and amount of soot residue is increased with higher temperatures, prolonged combustion time and a lack of oxygen during combustion. When combined with heat and moisture, soot can cause many surfaces to become yellow. Soot from burned synthetic materials, such as plastics and vinyl are black and easily smudged. Soot from burned natural materials, such as wood and paper are gray. 

Each fire, smoke and soot damage situation is unique, and requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  SERVPRO® of McKinney has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire, smoke and soot damage.

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your fire, smoke or soot  restoration needs. We also offer reconstruction services!

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