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A Primer on Removing Smoke Odors After Northampton Fire Damage

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Remove Smoke Smells After a Fire Damages Your Northampton Residence

Fires can ignite anywhere in a home, but most of them start in the kitchen. Even if a fire affects only one room, it can also affect the rest of your house — smoke travels, particularly when an air conditioner or forced-air furnace is running. Unlike a fire, smoke does not destroy objects but covers them with a foul odor and soot. Smoke particles attach to surfaces and become encrusted in porous materials.

The odors may persist in a property for a lengthy period, compromising the quality of the indoor air and, the comfort of the occupants. After a fire damages your Northampton home, you can do a few things to eliminate smoke odors. They include:

  • removing materials that combustion or heat has heavily damaged
  • removing porous materials like smoke-damaged mattresses
  • opening all doors and windows to increase ventilation and fresh air circulation
  • washing or dry cleaning all curtains, draperies, and other washable materials
  • You can also hang the materials outside to remove the smoke particles embedded in them.

If the odor persists or you are not up to the challenge of eliminating smoke odors in the manner previously described, then you can call SERVPRO franchise professionals. We perform effective fire restoration that returns your home into a smoke-free and safe environment to occupy. We do not mask persistent odors with a fragrance but look for the sources of the scents and eliminate them. Depending on the circumstances, our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) employ various techniques to eradicate smoke odors, which may include:

Vapor modification 

Our FSRTs use a blower or fan to dispense aromatic compounds vaporized from sealed plastic containers into the air. The minerals used in vapor modification are non-explosive, non-flammable, non-oily, and non-toxic. The deodorizer also penetrates porous materials such as clothing and upholstery.

Hydroxyl generators 

These generators produce hydroxyl gas that gets into surfaces that cleaning cannot reach. The gas reacts with odor-producing compounds chemically to eradicate the scent.

Air scrubbing 

Our SERVPRO technicians set up air scrubbers to eliminate particulates from the air. Air scrubbers pull air through charcoal filters and capture the scents onto a filter. They recirculate the filtered are back into the building.

Thermal fogging 

Thermal fogging neutralizes smoke scents using fragrance modification. Thermal foggers use petroleum-based deodorizers. These deodorizers fill the affected areas with a mist-like deodorizer.

Ventilation fans

They exchange outdoor and indoor air, exhausting unpleasant smells outside and draw in the fresh air in a home from outside.

When you need smoke odor removal services after a fire in Amherst, Granby, or Easthampton, contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300. Our technicians can eliminate smoke odor in your house to make it "Like it never even happened."

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