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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

How Long Should I Wait for Smoke and Fire Odor to Disperse?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Air freshener being sprayed Our professionals have state of the art equipment to deodorize and restore your home so you can return safely after a fire.

SERVPRO Are Experts at Getting Rid of Fire and Smoke Damage in your Delta Home, Once and For All. 

Does fire odor go away by itself?

Fire odors can remain in your Delta home for six to eight weeks without intervention. Odor particles are volatile, which means that they can enter wall paint, woods, fabrics, and flooring. You may also discover soot buildup in crevices like wall sockets, light fittings, ventilation ducts, and your air conditioning system. Odors do disperse naturally over time, but once embedded into a surface, the process of dispersal slows significantly. Soiling from a fire continues to release odor particles long after the flames are extinguished. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FRST) tackle odor at the source to get your home back to its preloss condition.

Do air-fresheners work on smoke odors?

Air-fresheners be useful for temporary smoke and fire odor removal in your Delta home. However, masking agents tend to be a stop-gap solution to malodors and rely on these odors dispersing naturally over-time. In an enclosed home-environment, dispersal can be an uncomfortably long-time- especially when there is a buildup of soiling in the property. SERVPRO prioritizes the removal of soiling as the first action against malodors. Our deodorant equipment is a secondary action once soiling removal is complete.

What are the steps for odor removal?

- Remove odor-causing materials and soiling

- Dry the property efficiently after cleaning

- Use deodorant solvents in the affected area as a counter-measure to temporary odors

Are fire odors dangerous?

Fires produce lethal gases like carbon monoxide when materials combust. However, the majority of these gases disperse naturally over a few hours. The odor left behind by fire is usually the result of soiling or microscopic soots. It can be unhealthy to inhale fire dust, which releases during cleaning or removing of fire-damaged materials. SERVPRO typically use air-filtration devices during restoration to clear away micro-particles from your indoor air as well as their accompanying odors.

Control odor after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970.

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