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Dealing with Smoke Odor after Fire Damage at a Raleigh Home

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team on job-site When fire damage restoration is needed for your Raleigh home, its time to call SERVPRO.

Reliable Fire Damage Cleanup at Raleigh Homes

A fire can have terrible and deep-rooted effects on your Raleigh home. Even if the fire was just a small kitchen flare-up or contained quickly, its byproducts could damage the property long after the flames have been extinguished. Smoke odor is one typical example of the negative consequences of a fire. It can permeate your home, and if no measures are taken, it may compromise the indoor air quality. Therefore, in the unfortunate event, you suffer fire damage, getting rid of the smoke smell quickly and effectively is crucial.

Proper fire damage cleanup in Raleigh homes makes restoring possessions overwhelmed by strong smoke odors possible. Smoke odor infiltrates everything, even in parts of the house untouched by fire, including items in storage or those tucked away in drawers. Most household deodorizing sprays and scented candles provide only temporary relief. They may also interact with smoke odor and create an additional unpleasant smell. SERVPRO crews understand how odor molecules permeate a property and utilize various odor removal methods such as thermal fogging techniques and ozone treatment.

Other harmful effects of a fire

  • Soot damage
  • Charring effects
  • Melted glass, and plastics
  • Blistered paint

Soot can coat walls, ceilings, floors, and household items, leading to serious discoloration. The chemical combination makes this coating challenging to remove. Also, burned or charred wood is inherently unstable. Following a large fire, a structural engineer can determine if the replacement of structural elements is required.

Smoke odor removal 

Dealing with smoke odor would be easy if all that smell came from one source, and perhaps could use only one method to eliminate all. Neutralizing the various malodors sometimes involves more than one type of deodorizing action.

Steps towards effective smoke odor removal

  • Removing odor sources like charred debris
  • Cleaning surfaces with odor-causing residues
  • Sealing surfaces exposed to malodors
  • Mechanical means like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon crews is highly-trained in using the proper equipment for fire damage restoration, including smoke odor removal "Like it never even happened." Call us at (919) 250-0455.

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