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Solutions To Lingering Smoky Smells After Rindge Fire Damage

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Solutions To Lingering Smoky Smells After Rindge Fire Damage Recovery after a home fire is a complicated maze of clearing debris, remediating water damage, cleaning up soot and other residues, and repairs.

Lingering Smoky Smells After A Fire

Recovery after a Rindge home fire is a complicated maze of clearing debris, remediating water damage, cleaning up soot and other residues, and performing repairs and decorative touch-ups. Experience, training, and cutting edge-equipment permit our specialists to deliver a restored building, clean and inviting. Residual smoky and other fire damage derived odors that persist, however, indicate the job is not complete.

Depending on the source and the fuel, fire damage odors in Rindge can remind homeowners of the disaster for a long time after restoration. Smoky odor has a severe effect on the emotional health of the family who almost lost everything in a fire. Fortunately, effective and permanent deodorization strategies are available, and we make sure our work crews train at both basic and advanced levels, able to liberate your home from these disturbing and unpleasant smells.

Deodorization is a four-step process and sometimes requires a step to be repeated to eradicate an odor. Individuals also experience smells differently. SERVPRO pledges to work with homeowners until every member of the family is comfortable in feeling that the fire damage odors are no longer detectable.

First, SERVPRO crews remove the source of the odors. Much of this happens during the general cleanup, but a search for odor-bearing materials after the initial physical restoration may reveal charred or melted objects in hidden or overlooked areas. Properly discarded, removal of these objects eliminates the cause of the smell.

Second, SERVPRO crews clean surfaces coated with odor-causing residues. Residues removed in the original clean-up may leave an almost undetectable layer that continues to emit odor-causing particles. Odors also migrate during and after fires to areas of the home seemingly unaffected. A thorough cleaning where odors are detected, perhaps with stronger cleansers and solvents, may take care of the odor.

Third, SERVPRO crews troubleshoot any odors that persist by using odor neutralizing techniques that recreate the conditions helped odors to penetrate and migrate. Flooding areas with sanitizing, neutralizing, and digesting professionals products, paralleling the water used to extinguish the fire, may work for water-borne odor. A spray or thermal fogger that mimics the combustion that spread odor carrying particles may defeat air-borne smells.

Specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators or, in extreme circumstances, ozone machines is another resort for tough odors. As with thermal fogging, these machines cause a process that changes the chemical composition of the odiferous particles, rendering them odorless.

Fourth, SERVPRO crews consider sealing surfaces to prevent the odor vapor from releasing into the air, a technique used in situations where other methods are impractical. Examples might be painting walls and trim or coating interiors of HVAC systems with sealants.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County intends to restore every aspect of your home after a fire and perseveres even with challenging tasks like deodorization. Call (603) 352-7251 to get the recovery work rolling as soon as the firefighters release your property back to you.

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