• This info-graphic entitled assessment of possible smoke damage provides us an overview of smoke damage assessment. Modern materials can produce a wide range of acidic species when burning and the corrosive effect on equipment exposed to smoke from most modern fires is well known. When combined with atmospheric moisture, these acidic species can cause severe corrosion damage to metal equipment.

    The most common practice to test for smoke damage is completing a chemical sponge test. This test can be conducted on the surface of the affected areas by simply wiping a chemical sponge over a stain. If residue is not found on the sponge, it is evident that smoke damage is not present.

    This is because smoke contains soot and other particulates that can cause staining in your home. In order to determine if this has occurred, you must first identify all potential sources of smoke or soot within your home and inspect them for discoloration or other signs of damage. Any areas that appear stained or discolored should be tested using the chemical sponge method described above. For more detail, please refer to the info-graphic below.