Smoke Damage Restoration

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Repairing smoke damage may result in future problems if not repaired right the first time by a professional smoke damage repair company. Super Savers Restoration has the top Contractors for any size smoke restoration job. Home restoration for smoke damage is our company's main specialty. When you go through Super Savers Restoration there's no need to search for another smoke damage repair company in Arizona. Smoke restoration repairing smoke damage while making sure restoration repairs to homes and business are done correctly is our main focus. When it comes to smoke restoration Super Savers Restoration surpasses all customer expectations. There's no room for error when smoke restoration due to a fire is involved. Call now for the finest in home and business smoke damage repair, smoke damge restoration, and smoke damage reconstruction anywhere in Arizona.

Super Savers Restoration can remove smoke odors and soot from a wide variety of items such as, HVAC systems, building interiors, carpeting, fabrics, garments, upholstery and draperies. Our restoration team procedures eliminate odors instead of masking them guaranteeing that no residual odors will be present at the jobs conclusion.

If your damage is more severe, a staff of licensed contractors will be recommended to assure that the reconstruction of your home or business will be conducted professionally and up to current building code standards.

What is Smoke?

Smoke is basically fuel that didn't burn, made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon and other material. Complete combustion gives off light, heat, the gas carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Smoke contains these gases and the tiny particles known as PM10. PM10 stands for "Particulate Matter less than 10 microns in diameter". They include small droplets of wood tars (if originating from a wood fire), gases, soot, and ash. In fact, most smoke particles are less than one micron in diameter.

Wood smoke has been studies by the EPA and found to contain carbon monoxide, methane, VOCs, formaldehyde, benzene, acetic acid, formic acid, toluene, oxides of nitrogen, sulfur dioxide, organic carbon, and even traces of heavy metals. This may help you understand why smoke is not only so dangerous to people, but also collections. 

Of course, in most situations smoke comes not just from burning wood, but a whole host of other materials — plastics, fabrics, foods, and other construction materials. These produce a range of toxic off-gases, as well as complex odors.  

Synthetic odors are generated by burning plastics and synthetic textiles. This form of residue is typically black in color and smudges easily. Burnt wood, cotton, or paper products produce natural odors and the residues are typically gray to black and usually powdery. Protein odors result from burning meat, flesh, or grease and the residue is greasy and yellowish to brown in color.

Smoke may seem to dissipate quickly after a fire, but the rapid cooling of the particles of incomplete combustion leave a film and odor that penetrates throughout buildings and collections. The acidic nature of the film causes discoloration, corrosion, and overall damage.

Smoke can be classified as either driven or free floating. Driven smoke is energized and pressurized — it has force behind it. Vertical surfaces are the most common places where driven smoke will be found. For examples, walls catch driven smoke as it is being pushed through the building. In contrast, free floating smoke, which originated as driven smoke, has lost its energy and is typically found on horizontal surfaces where it has settled.

Fires may also be classified as having either low or high oxygen content and each produces different types of damage. For example, a low oxygen fire is a smoldering type and it will leave a wet, smoky residue. A high oxygen fire produces a dry residue that is often easier to remove.

You should also understand a little about the nature of fire. Fires produce intense dry heat. As the flames are extinguished, a hot, humid, smoldering fire is created. It is not uncommon to see relative humidities range from as low as 2% in a fire to upwards of 100% as water is applied. This high relative humidity can cause extensive problems, especially among wood objects. Their pores open and the wood absorbs various odors which are often very difficult to remove.

As mentioned earlier, smoke is corrosive and can easily damage a wide range of collections. This damage is usually exacerbated if you touch the item with your bare hands — the combination of finger oils and the acidic by-products can etch into finishes and metals. As a result, it is critical that you always wear gloves during fire recovery efforts. Often the most suitable will be nitrile gloves.

*Information Provided By Chicora Foundation, Inc.