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How Smoke Can Give SERVPRO Headaches In Stockton Fire Damage Cases

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke is perhaps the most challenging aspect of a fire to clean up.

Smoke Damage Challenges

Smoke is perhaps the most challenging aspect of a fire to clean up. Soot and ash can be washed away, burned materials can be restored and replaced, but the smoke of fire damage in Stockton homes typically requires very specialized equipment to eliminate.

It took us years to develop adequate technology and strategies to handle smoke damage, and to this day SERVPRO locations nationwide must stock special chemicals and machines to be ready for all types and quantities of smoke damage in a home. But why is smoke so tricky to remove?

It Gets Everywhere
Smoke is the only aspect of a damaging fire in Stockton that can travel across the home to areas never even touched by the flames. Sure, ash may scatter slightly around the home, but smoke can and may completely overpower a room located far away from any fire. This is because smoke particles are incredibly small, much smaller than a human hair or even the cells in your skin. Smoke particles can easily be picked up by minute air currents and carried around the home, eventually lodging in some surface or material.

It Does Not Come Out
Once the smoke has embedded itself somewhere, not much can work it out. Smoke particles tend to entrap themselves in a material, and cannot merely be scrubbed out or even masked by other odors. It's, for all intents and purposes, difficult to work these particles out of their positions. We can only neutralize their odor through chemical reactions with our fogging devices.

There Are Multiple Kinds Of Smoke
Wet smoke, dry smoke, oil-based smoke; these are all different types of smoke that may be separate from one another or intermixed in an unorganized pile. Different types of some require different treatments, making full removal of odors a lengthy and challenging process.

SERVPRO of Stockton is ready to help in the aftermath of a fire. If your home has taken damage from a blaze or any other disaster, give us a call at (209) 477-3090.

Visit http://www.stocktongov.com/ for more about the great city of Stockton, California.

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