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Our Fire Damage Experts Provide Exceptional Fire and Odor Removal Services In Knoxville

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damage to home Getting on top of odor takes more than just opening windows.

Exceptional Fire and Odor Removal Services for Knoxville Residents

One of the most prominent after-effects of a fire is not structural damage but odor. Housing structure tends to be robust enough to absorb the effects of anything but the most extreme temperatures and open flames. However, there's still a significant amount of work to be done after a contained fire to get your home back to preloss condition. Our odor control technicians (OCT) break the task down into two facets. The first is to remove odor-causing soiling and dry the property thoroughly after cleaning. The second is to use deodorizing solvents to fumigate the area thoroughly.

You should seek professional advice when dealing with fire and odor problems in your Knoxville home. While there are some mitigating efforts a homeowner can perform themselves, the lion's share of work requires training and job-specific equipment. If you would like to begin the restoration procedure, you can start by opening windows to disperse chemical particles in the air. Another useful job to do while waiting for your technician to arrive is to vacuum areas where soiling is present. To avoid inadvertently causing further damage, spots of heavy soiling, as well as walls and ceilings, are best left to a professional.

The first stage of odor-removal is to tackle the odor-causing elements that remain in the home. A full inspection of your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system can be vital in preventing odors from coming back. Equally, greasy soot deposits caused by the burning of synthetic materials need to be dissolved and removed. SERVPRO technicians can apply an oil-based solvent to these areas before performing rinse and removal. In some cases, walls can be repainted with an odor retardant primer to lock unpleasant odors away and leave a clean surface for repainting.

The final stage is to use odor repellents or deodorization methods. Vacuuming using truck-mounted extractors can double down on the cleaning efforts by loading liquid deodorants beforehand. Truck-mounts can also be fitted with pre-conditioning products for carpets and upholstery. However, after both drying and cleaning are complete, malodors can remain behind. We can fumigate the property using ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to disperse deodorant particles into the air and neutralize odor. These are versatile enough to use throughout the home or in a single area.

Getting on top of odor takes more than just opening windows. Contact SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907.

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