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What are the Four Steps for Odor Control After a Fire in San Francisco?

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos can have your home smelling fresh after a fire.

Four Steps to Odor Control after Fire Damage in your San Francisco Home

A house fire can be a scary situation, but it is rare that they result in significant damages. In our experience, most fires are contained reasonably quickly to a single area of the home and only cause damage on a minor or medium scale. Malodor, on the other hand, is far more difficult to contain since the particles can be microscopic despite having a significant impact on your indoor air quality.

We are available for the removal of odor after fire damage in San Francisco and the local area. SERVPRO technicians are trained to conduct a series of necessary steps that effectively combat the most stubborn odors. Those steps are to remove, clean, recreate, or seal areas that are causing persistent problems. Each step represents an increasingly concentrated effort that is relative to the severity of smoke damages gauged during our initial inspection.

Before putting any deodorizers into use, SERVPRO technicians remove debris and any perceivable sources of odor. Focusing on removing the source of odor is essential to ensure the following steps are practical and odor-causing debris does not release more particles once deodorization is complete. Charred materials must be removed, sanded down or cleaned away by your technician before using any further deodorizing methods.

In a fire, materials that burn release chemicals in the form of smoke. Some of these chemicals, particularly those in grease or synthetic materials, create unpleasant odors. Since smoke migrates quickly, malodors deposit on surfaces throughout the home. SERVPRO use sanitizers and chemical cleaning agents to remove soiling from all areas of your home.

Once we are confident that sources of odor have been removed and surfaces thoroughly cleaned, we can begin the third stage, deodorizing. The most efficient method for deodorizing a property is to recreate the conditions in which the odor initially spread. In a fire, that means vaporizing solvents using thermal foggers that mimic the behavior of smoke damages; reaching the same areas, cavities, and surfaces as malodors. We can then seal the surfaces to prevent any further odors.

A tried and tested strategy can remove malodors from your property, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137.

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