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Smoke & Soot

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Smoke inhalation is the primary cause of death in victims of indoor fires. The smoke kills by a combination of thermal damage, poisoning and pulmonary irritation caused by carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide and other building materials and household products.

Soot is a general term that refers to impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of a hydrocarbon. Soot is in the general category of airborne particulate matter, and as such is considered hazardous to the lungs and general health.

Understanding these two concepts, GBS Restoration Services Corp. can assist you to prevent any damage to your property and health.

The smoke and soot normally occurs from a fire damage of a neighbor, from a small fire in the property or from any fire situation.

Once at a fire scene, a GBS Restoration Services Corp. Professional will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during pretesting.

Types of soot include:

  • Wet Smoke Residues - Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors. Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke Residues - Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, nonsmeary smoke particles.
  • Protein Residues - Virtually invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
  • Other Types of Residues - Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.

Puff Back Damage

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A puff back happens when an oil burner or furnace malfunctions and does not completely combust its fuel. This can cause soot and smoke to spread throughout a building, producing a residue that clings to all surfaces.

The residue can be black and sooty, or clear and oily. In either case, the longer it's left on surfaces, the greater the damage, resulting in a more expensive claim and more extensive clean-up procedures. The expert professionals at Anderson are specifically trained to identify a puff-back and take quick clean-up action to minimize long-term damages and costs.

Heavy puff-backs can also damage clothing, producing odors that normal dry cleaning cannot remove. To eliminate these odors, we use ozone treatments in addition to dry cleaning. The result is a true win-win: your clients get to keep their valued articles of clothing. And, your company's cost of replacing expensive garments is minimized.

In the unfortunate event that a fire causes damage to your property, Clean-Works can help pick up the pieces. We have the experience and knowledge to complete a successful fire restoration. Our trained professionals will sit down with you to talk over the process and lay out a plan to move forward from this disaster.