Types of Smoke Residue
Did you know there are different types of smoke residue? There are in fact four different types, and each type needs to be handled in different ways.
- Dry smoke residues
- Wet smoke residues
- Protein smoke residues
- Fuel oil smoke residues
Some things that factor into what makes the residue dry or wet.
- The rate of combustion
- The amount of oxygen present during the fire
- The type of material or substance that is burning
So, what is the difference between wet smoke and dry smoke?
Fast-burning, oxygen rich fires tend to produce a dry smoke, while oxygen-starved, slow burning fires produce a wet smoke. Typically, natural materials that burn make a dry smoke and synthetic materials make a wet smoke.
Materials are generally more restorable when involved in a dry smoke loss. It will not stain surfaces as deeply like a wet smoke will. The problem though is that a dry smoke comes with a hotter fire, meaning that there is probably more heat damage.