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Smoke Damage Glossary

Unfamiliar with some of the smoke-related terms surrounding your smoke damage insurance claim? We listed some of the more common terms below.

Ash – After a fire, a powdery substance known as ash is left behind. While you may be familiar with ashes in your fireplace after a wood fire, ash from wildfires can be carried by the wind and "rain" from the ski. Some ash flakes are miniscule while others can be quite large.

Dry Smoke – Smoke comes in several "flavors" including dry smoke which is from high temperature, fast-burning fires. Dry smoke is generally considered one of the easier smokes to clean and deodorize.

Pressure Power Washing – Pressure power washing is often used to clean smoke, soot, and ash.

Pressurized Smoke – Another type of smoke is pressurized smoke. Smoke can become pressurized as temperatures flare or gases ignite. Because it's pressurized, this type of smoke can be forced through small openings.

Protein Smoke – Protein smoke comes from fires where animals, animal fats, or meats have been burned. Protein smoke can penetrate small areas and has an extremely foul odor.

Public Insurance Adjuster – A type of insurance professional that helps insurance policyholders file insurance claims.

Puff Back – "Puff back" is a term used to describe how malfunctioning furnaces puff out soot and smoke. The smoke and soot puff back can cause damage over time.

Smoke Damage – The term "smoke damage" is broad as smoke damage could be anything from a strong odor in a home to visible smoke residue, soot, and ash deposits.

Smoke Damage Claim – A property insurance claim involving smoke damage from a nearby fire or malfunctioning furnance.

Soot – Fires involving incomplete combustion of fuels often leave behind an oily, powdery, or tar-like residue known as soot.

Wet Smoke – Smoke from slow-burning, smoldering fires is known as "wet" smoke. Wet smoke is generally considered very difficult to clean and deodorize.