Home fires are the biggest disaster threat that Americans face, and many homeowners admit that they have no plan for how to escape if a fire were to threaten their Denver, CO, home. Furthermore, many people are unaware that the aftermath of the fire is more far-reaching than they know. In terms of fire damage restoration, it doesn’t just involve cleaning up the items that may have been destroyed by smoke or flames. If not properly restored, items that seem to be unharmed during the cleanup process may still suffer damage days, weeks, or even months after the fire. Fire leaves behind smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which will cause long-term harm on their own.
The type of soot left behind depends on the materials that caught fire, the duration of the fire, and the amount of smoke generated from the event. In all cases, these burned materials leave behind varying degrees of soot that can range from a danger to your respiratory system to something more serious. An un-remediated large deposit of soot can re-ignite days later and cause devastating damage again in the home.
The types of soot that are commonly found after a house fire are:
Wet soot. Sometimes referred to as wet smoke residue, wet soot comes from fires that smolder unattended for hours at a low and slow temperature. Wet soot is very difficult to remove and causes the strongest of odors since the slow nature of the burn releases organic and inorganic compounds from the item that is affected.
Oily soot. Oily soot is caused by fires that are started by grease, fuel, or burning plastic. It is very difficult to remove and smears easily. The chemical components here are what make this type of soot especially insidious and difficult to remove. Fire damage restoration of this type of soot should not be attempted by yourself as not only can it damage your home and its contents beyond repair, but it can also cause serious health risks.
Dry Soot. Powdery, dry soot is present after a fire that burned very fast and had a high flame presence. While it’s the easiest to remove, it also can cause respiratory distress as well as damage to your eyes and nose. Soot particles, technically called “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,” are microscopic and not visible to the human eye. They are so small that they float in the air you’re breathing, especially in a home or building where there has been a significant fire or smoke event.
If you’ve experienced a house fire in Denver, CO, you’ll need help when the fire is over from trained fire damage restoration technicians. Our staff can be on site anytime day or night, armed with the right tools to capture and remove soot and other dangerous fire compounds. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for all your home fire restoration services at (301) 288-2900.