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Wet Vs. Dry Smoke: How To Handle All Types of Fires in Barnstable County

4/5/2024 (Permalink)

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Ironically, one of the hardest parts of restoring a fire damaged property is dealing with water damage. When a fire is extinguished, it creates a thick, low temperature smoke known as wet smoke. Think of it like putting out a bonfire; when the fires at full blaze, it produces less smoke than a fire going through the smoldering phase of extinguishing. When a fire is still brightly burning dry materials, it creates what’s known as a dry smoke. Both dry and wet smoke damage come with their own unique set of challenges when it comes to restoration.

  • Wet Smoke: As previously stated, the water damage that comes with a fire creates a new set of restoration challenges. Thick, wet smoke creates hard to remove residue on virtually every surface of your property. This is caused by partially combusted particles clinging to any area wet smoke has touched. This kind of smoke cannot be removed by an amateur. Wet smoke restoration ranges anywhere from cleaning with specialized chemicals and sandblasters to total reconstruction of the affected areas.
  • Dry Smoke: Without the presence of moisture, fire will completely combust anything that comes into its path. While this means smoke residues can be more easily removed, it also means more of your property likely needs to be demolished and replaced. It’s always important to extinguish fires properly, completely and in a timely manner, even if it means more wet smoke residue. While a smaller scale instance of dry smoke damage is very easy to take care of, a large-scale instance of a dry fire is more than likely to spell complete disaster for your property.

No matter what kind of fire your home or business faces, be sure to call SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod after the flames have been put out. Call us anytime at 508-778-7378. We’re locally owned and operated in South Dennis.  We have the crucial knowledge and experience needed to restore your Cape Cod property from Mashpee to Provincetown. Together, we’ll work to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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