The Basic Deodorization Procedures Used to Repair Fire Damage in Ham Lake Properties
Fire Damage and Smoke Odors go Hand in Hand After a Fire Incident in Your Home
Fire is a very destructive element that can significantly set back the homeowner financially. Indeed, many have been left broke and even homeless after a devastating fire breaks out. Fire emergencies can occur from a gas leakage, careless smoking, short circuiting, kitchen fire, and candle or heater, among other factors. When this happens, it can leave undesirable odors lingering.
If you are a victim of a fire disaster, SERVPRO can respond quickly to neutralize the situation. Our highly skilled technicians have industry leading deodorization solutions to counteract fire damage odors in your Ham Lake property. The basic deodorization procedures are as follows:
1. Eliminating the odor source and debris
On arrival at the site of the fire damage, our technicians locate the odor source and remove it completely. This option is often more preferable than trying to deodorize the source – for instance in the case of a dead animal. We also extract charred structural materials before initiating the deodorization process. This is because the debris can continue producing smoke odors even long after deodorization.
2. Cleaning the surfaces with odor-causing residues
Thorough cleaning is also necessary to get rid of small particles that may continue generating odors after deodorization. Some of the surfaces that need particular attention include ceilings, cabinets, vent filters, vent hood, walls, countertops, and the stove. Our fire damage responders inspect all rooms to determine the extent of the odors before proceeding. In some cases, we may need to clean the entire building and its contents to remove the smoke odors.
3. Recreating the conditions that allowed odor penetration,
SERVPRO technicians do not leave anything to chance. To trace the odors to their source, we may need to recreate the conditions that facilitated their penetration. In the case of smoke odor, for instance, we spray a deodorizing “smoke” that follows the original path of the odors. If urine is the source of the problem, we use deodorizers (digesters, neutralizers, and sanitizers). Sometimes the odors can be distributed in several ways, for example through air currents. In this case, we apply multiple methods of deodorization.
4. Sealing surfaces exposed to malodors
If the situation is severe, SERVPRO technicians may have to seal the surfaces exposed to malodors. Our fire damage restoration experts can determine whether the problem is too impractical for deodorization. If so, we use two effective sealing techniques: sealing unreachable duct surfaces in the air-handling system and painting the walls.
These are some of the many steps we take to ensure that your property is free of toxic odors. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can respond quickly to your fire emergency. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.
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