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Smoke Damage

SAM_0023-1024x768Where there was a fire, there will be smoke. Sometimes the damage caused from smoke can be just as detrimental to the well-being of your home and family as the fire itself.

Categories of Smoke Damage

There are three categories of smoke damage: wet soot, dry soot, and protein soot. Wet soot is a high-plastic soot that forms the consistency of Styrofoam. Wet soot is caused from low heat and high smoke — the kind of smoke damage that completely engulfs your house. It’s a slow dull nasty messy soot that is bad for your home and bad for your health.

Then there is dry soot – it’s hot and it’s all natural. This kind of soot is often caused by accidents such as your stove fireplace catching on fire. The burning of almost any natural products such as wood, flooring, or coffee tables will all produce dry soot. Think of it like a traditional campfire — it’s hot and there’s very little smoke. Dry soot is caused from the fires that explode and crack windows. If you aren’t a proper team, you won’t know how to differentiate between cleaning wet soot and dry soot — that’s where the expert estimators at OHI come in.

Lastly, there is protein soot, or “turkey fires” as they are sometimes known as.  When Grandma forgets she is boiling the turkey carcass, the water eventually disappears and a protein fire results. The meat fuses to the pan and the protein (the soot) penetrates the entire house. You don’t see it; it’s more of a green tint or hue that hangs on your walls, clothes and surfaces. Although it’s not as visible or dangerous as dry soot or wet soot, the odor that protein soot leaves behind is hard to get rid of if neglected.


If you notice any of the above signs of smoke damage, contact OHI at any time of the day and we’ll be on the job.

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