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Tackling Multiple Sources of Fire Damage Odor in your Stockton Home

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out of a window. Let SERVPRO be your outlet when it comes to your Stockton fire damage.

Fire damage to your Stockton home is very serious.

When dealing with the after-effects of a fire situation in your home, you are also dealing with odor. Odor particles are invisible to the naked eye but can be released when materials combust. Usually, synthetic materials such as fabric coverings, plastics, or varnishes can produce the worst odors after exposure to the direct flames or heat of a fire. These particles are volatile and can often travel a long distance away from the source of damage. Equally, charring of materials or soot residues can continue to release odor particles into the surrounding room for many days, or weeks, after a fire. 

One of the most effective methods of odor control in homes with fire damage here in Stockton is first to remove any soot or soiling. Tackling odor early on in the process using air-fresheners or other household chemicals may be ineffective since odor-causing soot deposits continue to release odor particles. While odor does disperse eventually, the natural time frame for the odor to disappear from a room can be too long for most homeowners. SERVPRO uses experienced odor control technicians (OCT) during fire restoration to ensure the odor is brought under control as quickly as possible. 

Removing odor-causing materials from home as well as from air in the home is essential. SERVPRO technicians are capable of removing joints, cabinet doors, shelving, or other fixtures that may sustain heavy soot or soiling. Often, these materials are possible to refinish using sanding equipment or through solvent cleaning methods. Air filtration devices can be set up in the indoor environment to filter odor particles out of the surrounding atmosphere. These devices can also be useful in removing microscopic soot particles in the air. 

Cleaning and air-scrubbing can both be effective methods of odor removal for your home. However, sometimes persistent odors can be challenging to track and remove altogether. To combat hidden odors, SERVPRO uses low volume misting equipment. Misting equipment is a gentler form of fogging that vaporizes non-harmful water-based solvents and releases them into the home in the form of mist. Using vapor is useful to reach small crevices such as light fittings, electrical sockets, or gaps between woodwork. Using a venting box fan, we can perform air-exchange to ensure that large amounts of solvents do not reside in the home after service. 

Combatting odor problems is a multi-faceted, complex task. Contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for comprehensive odor removal.

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