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Are You Dealing With Foul Odors in Your Sterling Home After Fire Damage? 

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can completely overrun your Sterling home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Removing Odors Effectively After a Fire Damages Your Sterling Home

A fire may cause severe damage to your Sterling home because the destruction is not only caused by the flames but also the soot and smoke residues produced. To prevent additional damage, you should start the cleanup process as soon as possible to ensure your house is smoke and soot free.

When there are odors in your Sterling home after fire damage, it is vital to contact fire restoration experts to help you with the cleaning process. The smoke smell is mostly left in the building materials of a house, clothes, drapes, carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture. The factors that determine the severity of smoke odors include:

The extent of the fire: Large fires tend to produce a lot of smoke and burn more materials than smaller ones.

The duration that the smoke was left to linger before cleaning: A longer exposure time means materials in a home absorb more smoke.

The size of your home: Smaller rooms or homes tend to have more pungent smoke odors since the scent is more concentrated.

Burnt materials: If a fire burns items such as plastics, sponges, wood, and clothes, the smoke smell is more likely to be pungent.

SERVPRO has the appropriate cleaning products and equipment to help you remove soot and odors from your residence. We can assess the destruction and advise you about the actions to take, which items you can restore and which ones to replace. We can use a heavy-duty vacuum to remove soot from walls, carpets, and furniture, among other surfaces.  

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can also use chemicals called counteractants to split up smoke molecules to eradicate odors. The type of counteracts we use vary based on the kind of materials a fire burned. We can apply counteractants to carpets, furniture and drapers. Our crew can also provide them for laundering clothing. Bear in mind that a majority of deodorizing disinfectants and deodorizing sprays only offer temporary relief. Furthermore, deodorizing sprays can interact with the smoke scent, creating new odors in the process.

As a fire burns, smoke may spread through walls and other surfaces. If you do not remove smoke odor properly, it can occasionally reoccur, mainly when the weather is damp or warm. Our SERVPRO technicians can use a process called thermal fogging to eliminate the odor.  The warm chemical fog penetrates the house and walls just like the fire and neutralizes the smoke scent as it goes to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Our restorers can also remove smoke from ducts. We can use chemical sealers to permanently secure the smoke to the sides of ducts because these areas have crevices and joints that make them difficult to clean using the conventional brush and vacuum methods.

If your Fitchburg, Leominster, or Harvard home has unpleasant odors after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster for efficient cleanup and deodorization. You can reach us anytime at (978) 537-1500.

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