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Types of Soot

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

soot on the floor and book after fire There are various types of soot, and our SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs team can handle cleaning them all.

Did you know there are various types of soot that are created differently? Our team of SERVPRO professionals knows what to look for in soot damage to be able to restore a client’s contents or property accurately. 

Wet Soot 

You can find wet smoke residue in fires smoldering at low temperatures with little oxygen. If you don’t look at soot damage on regular bases, soot damage might look similar to you. Our team of professionals has the tools and expertise needed to figure out what type of soot we are working with. Wet smoke residue is sticky and smeary, accompanied by a pungent, acrid odor. 

Dry Soot 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have dry soot damage from an oxygen-rich fire. These types of fire are fast burning, which produces lighter soot particles but causes more damage to surfaces. A fire that produces dry soot contains a less intense scent than the wet smoke residue.  

Protein Soot 

We have all done it, we will be cooking, and something pulls you away from the stove. Next thing you know, the smoke alarm is going off, and you are rushing to deescalate the situation. Protein soot is created by fires that start from overcooked meat. If the burnt roast leaves you stumped, another indicator of this damage is the pungent odor that will stick around and linger. Our SERVPRO team knows that this type of soot requires extensive cleaning to remove any trace of residue to achieve deodorization.  

Often when our clients return to their property after a fire, they feel overwhelmed. Soot damage to them might come across as a complete loss, but our team here at SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs isn’t as easily convinced. Our team understands the steps needed to restore the contents and property back to the preloss condition.   

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