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EMSL Analytical offers information and testing solutions for properties damaged by smoke residues due to wildfires and structural fires.


Cinnaminson, NJ, December 2, 2013

Wildfires and structural fires can produce an enormous amount of smoke that can easily infiltrate homes and buildings that are not directly touched by flames. This smoke is filled with combustion by-products that include soot/black carbon, ash, char and other materials.

Odors, discoloration and ghosting effects can result when these combustion byproducts are deposited on building surfaces and belongings. These materials can also appear in a home or commercial building due to various activities and materials used within the property. Other common sources that can cause residential or commercial property damage include candles, fuels such as oil, propane and natural gas used in gas appliances and gas log fireplaces, and firewood burned in a fireplace or a wood-burning stove. Even printer cartridges can produce a manufactured carbon black that is nearly identical to black carbon.

“Expert analysis of smoke damage and fire residues can be crucial for not only identifying indoor environmental issues that can cause health concerns, but also for settling insurance claims for property damage,” reports Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Test results are commonly used for cleaning assessments and to settle insurance claims. To help answer people’s questions about soot and smoke damage, EMSL recently launched to provide information and testing solutions.”

Identifying the origin of combustion products can also help to eliminate potential sources. Considering the size and the specific morphology of these particulates, which can be between 10 nm to 70 nm, the analysis for identification is best performed by electron microscopy ensuring the appropriate magnification range for imaging. EMSL offers a combination of analytical levels depending on the client’s specific needs.

To learn more about soot and smoke damage testing services, please visit the new website at or visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 



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