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"Footprints In The...Soot"

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Soot footprints These are footprints from soot on a hardwood floor.

Most of us have heard of the poem written in the early 1900s called, “Footprints In The Sand.” Well, what we witness often when responding to a fire damaged structure is the after effects, which is smoke and soot residue. When one walks on all of that soot, it makes unwanted and unappealing footprints.

It is important to know what type of smoke damage has occurred when cleaning up and restoring a structure. There are two different types: wet and dry. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to know these different types in order to properly perform the cleanup and restoration. 

  • Wet Smoke. (Plastic and rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary. Soot webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke. (Paper and wood) Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises. 

Pictured are several soot footprints on a hardwood floor and this type of smoke is wet, produced from a burning dehumidifier made mostly of plastic. Remember, this type is sticky and smeary and is more difficult to clean.

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are professionally trained to handle even the toughest of losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us to help make it “Like it never even happened.”


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