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The Fire is Over, but are Smoke Odors Lingering in Your Delta Home?

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Even if a fire is confined to one room, smoke and soot damage travel. Call SERVPRO to remove the odors fires leave behind.

How to Eliminate Smoke Odors After Fire Damage in Your Delta Residence

A fire can cause extensive damage to a home like charring or burning down some building materials and contents. It can also leave many problems you need to address like ash, soot, and a foul odor. The other issue is the water that remains in a house after snuffing out the fire.  

To deal with the smoke odors associated with fire damage in your Delta residence, you can begin with opening the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Place fans in the doorways or windows to pull in clean air and circulate it around your home. You can also sprinkle baking soda on dry carpets and allow it to sit overnight. Vacuum the carpeting thoroughly the following day to remove all the baking soda.  

You should also launder curtains, blankets, sheets, drapes, and other washable items using regular laundry detergent. When the rinse cycle starts, add a cup of vinegar to the wash load to eliminate smoke smells.  

To remove smoke and fire odors from floors and walls, wash them with a solution of water and ammonia. Mix a quarter cup of household ammonia into a bucket of water and then use a sponge to clean the walls and floors. To clean countertops, appliances, cabinets, and other nonporous surfaces, you can mix a half cup of baking soda in one bucket of warm water. Dip a sponge in the solution and use it to wash the surfaces.  

Seeking professional odor removal services from SERVPRO is also essential because we have the expertise to provide complete property restoration. We can remove any water or moisture using extraction and drying equipment like wet/dry vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers. To neutralize the many kinds of malodors, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can use several deodorants. One of them is enzyme digesters, which work effectively on protein or organic materials. Enzymes break down organic molecules into odorless substances like water, carbon dioxide, and water-soluble by-products. The substances dissipate fast into the air, removing and the odor. Enzymes also break down insoluble protein molecules into soluble, simple substances that bacteria can absorb and digest. 

Our SERVPRO technicians can also remove odors from indoor air by purifying it. We can use electronic filters with an electrically charged grid to kill microorganisms in the air as they pass through the filter. The other devices we use to purify the air are air scrubbers. They pull air through charcoal filters and capture smells onto a filter. These devices then recirculate the filtered air into a house. To deal with imaginary odors, we can use masking agents, which work by covering foul odors with more pleasant smells.  

After a fire ruins your home, you need a complete solution that can restore it to its pre-incident state, which is precisely what SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride can provide. Contact us today at (970) 240-6970. We can eliminate the fire and smoke damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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