Removing smoke odor after a fire at a home is a difficult endeavor. To attain complete smoke smell removal, the remediation procedure must include specialized equipment and processes that just a professional emergency restoration company may provide. Thus, we don’t advise homeowners to tackle this task themselves. Have a look at the steps involved with smoke damage restoration.
The Types of Smoke Odor
Smoke results from incomplete combustion and is composed of persistent particles (soot)oils, and gases. The smoke odor comes from volatile substances which materials release when trimming.
The smoke odor could result from burning off (meat), natural materials (wood, cotton, etc.), artificial materials (e.g., plastic, nylon), and much more. With all these substances that could burn, the recovery process requires technical knowledge and complex procedures.
The Way to Remove Smoke Smell From Homes
Removing the source of the problem
The initial and most significant step in smoke odor removal would be to remove the source of the odor(s). This involves removing burnt objects, such as cabinets, furniture, drywall, and non-salvageable contents. The items can be either discarded or revived, depending on their condition.
Fixing the salvageable contents
Technicians clean the salvageable items with appropriate products. They pressure clean, scrub, and disinfect outside surfaces like walls, windows, and decks. Interior walls and hard surfaces may be cleaned using mild soap and then rinsed thoroughly. Professionals will also wash inside cupboards, drawers, and closets, and wash household items, also. Carpets, furniture, and upholstery are often cleaned off-site. Have a look at how to clean fabrics following a house fire.
Fixing the air ducts
Smoke, soot, and odors from a fire will permeate the duct system and any dust or other particles inside of that system. Thus, cleaning the ducts first in the smoke smell removal process is important to preventing the HVAC system from re-contaminating regions that were cleaned. Of course, only professionals should clean the ductwork as it involves specialized equipment and procedures.
Removing the smoke smell
The final phase is removing the lingering airborne odor. To do this task, many different techniques can be utilized, but they share a frequent target — complete smoke odor removal. Here are some examples of proven systems:
- AIR SCRUBBING. A technician will use a high-efficiency particulate arrestor (HEPA) air scrubber which can remove 99.97% of particulates in the air. Eliminating these airborne particulates removes additional source materials for odors.
- THERMAL FOGGING. Fogging utilizes a petroleum-based deodorizer straightened through a thermal fogging unit. It matches the affected region using a mist-like deodorizer. Fogging counteracts odorous molecules by using odor modification for permanent odor neutralization. Before fogging, technicians set out all fires. Everybody in the treatment area must use respiratory protection equipment or depart the region.
- VAPOR MODIFICATION. This method uses an aromatic chemical vaporized by a sealed plastic container then piled into the atmosphere by a fan or blower. The mineral oils used in this process are non-toxic, non-oily, non-flammable, and non-explosive. Therefore, customers can opt to stay in or near an area through the smoke odor removal procedure. The deodorizer also penetrates affected porous contents such as upholstery and drapery.
- OZONE GENERATION. This is only one of the most popular and familiar processes for eliminating airborne smoke odor molecules, including hard-to-neutralize protein smoke. Ozone is a powerful oxidizer that neutralizes odorous molecules by discharging extra oxygen into the air. Ozone, while an effective odor remover, isn’t an “air purifier” Customers should not be present when an ozone generator is in operation. Personnel should enter the treatment area only briefly to reverse the ozone generator on or off. Ozone works best in a controlled environment, including an ozone room. In there, odorous contents can be subjected to 24 to 48 hours of ozone gas.
For smoke odor removal on your property, phone PuroClean!
The process of smoke odor removal is a complex one that should be accomplished efficiently to be successful. Telephone your regional PuroClean office for skilled smoke damage restoration. We have the necessary training, equipment, and experience to rescue and restore your house after smoke damage.