NOTE: The video at the bottom will give you a good demonstration on detecting smoke and soot in your home. We have trained many painters and homeowners to detect for smoke by looking for dark areas on walls and ceilings and then testing the surface with a chemical sponge. Once soot is identified, Insurance Claim & Recovery, Inc. would inspect the property to determine if it qualifies for insurance coverage.
Click the icons to the right to see soot samples.
DANGER - In many cases you can't see it, smell it or touch it but it is there. Smoke is a covered loss under every insurance policy, therefore getting money to remove this hazard is recommended.

Chemical Sponges are used throughout the fire restoration industry as the best way to remove most of the microscopic soot particles from flat surfaces. Click on the links to the right to see what soot looks like. Using a chemical sponge is the best way to identify soot.

The above video shows how to detect soot in your home. Smoke from over-cooking food, fireplace backup or furnace puff back releases soot into your home. Your insurance will pay to have your structure and personal property cleaned to remove the soot.