A fire loss can result in complex damages because of the unique behavior of smoke. A trained professional should survey the loss site to determine the extent to which fire, smoke, heat,and moisture impacted building materials and contents. Experienced fire restoration professionals know that smoke can penetrate within cavities of the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.

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Some things you may not know about smoke:

* Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a
* Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around
pipes to go from floor to floor.
* The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke

Once at a fire scene, a Square Soft Restoration Specialist will
test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.
Cleaning procedures will be based on the information
identified during pretesting.

Types of soot include:

* Wet Smoke Residues – Result from smoldering fires with low
heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors.
Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
* Dry Smoke Residues – Result from fast burning fires at high
temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non smeary
smoke particles.
* Protein Residues – Virtually invisible residues that discolor
paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odor.
* Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
* Other Types of Residues – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and
fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.


Water Removal

Square Soft Restoration Specialists have the equipment and
experience necessary to handle the most challenging situations
and are available around-the-clock.
Square Soft Restoration Specialists concentrate on safely drying,
deodorizing and disinfecting the areas flooded or damaged by


Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments

* Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
* Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi,
mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.



* Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure
the extent of moisture saturation.
* Infrared camera may be used to identify water location.
* Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping
of high-level water.
* Truck mounted and Hi-Tech Drying Equipment
* Drying equipment helps prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture.
* Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage.
* High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture.
* Some situations call for special drying techniques that





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