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Fire Damage Remediation in Greenacres Happens Fast with SERVPRO

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

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How Do SERVPRO Techs Combat Odors During Fire Damage Restoration in Greenacres? 

Eliminating odors after fire damage to your Greenacres property is often a challenge for professional restorers like SERVPRO. As smoke odor particles are tiny, often microscopic, they can easily penetrate surfaces like drywall, wood, and fabrics. It causes the odor to linger on long after the fire is contained. 

SERVPRO understands that not all odor situations resulting from fire damage to Greenacres homes are alike and warrant different mitigation approaches. We have developed our deodorization strategies after carefully studying the science behind the permeation of odor molecules on various surfaces. Whether it is an actual odor caused by a real substance or an imaginary (psychological–phantosmia) odor stimulated by the given set of circumstances, SERVPRO technicians are always on top of things. We work hard to restore your property to a condition “Like it never even happened.”  

Basic Deodorization Steps 

Deodorization of a fire-damaged structure is especially complex as odor problems are unique and vary significantly from site to site. Although no single method can address all types of odor problems, SERVPRO technicians adhere to certain basic procedures in most cases. 

  • Removal of the odor source and the debris: SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians often remove the odor source rather than attempting to deodorize it after a fire damage incident. Hence, deodorization starts with the technicians removing burnt, charred material as quickly as possible. 
  • Cleaning the surfaces with odor-causing residues: Microscopic odor particles continue to generate odors after fire damage if the technicians don’t clean them quickly. SERVPRO technicians ensure that every surface or content exposed to the smoke residue gets cleaned to limit the odor problem. 
  • Recreating conditions that caused odor penetration: Odor particles can travel by convection currents created in the air by the heat of a fire incident. Sometimes, it is essential to recreate the conditions that led to the spread of the odor particles so that the deodorizer molecules can reach and effectively neutralize the odors. SERVPRO technicians often fog the areas with a mist of deodorizer to seek out the odor vapors that have penetrated porous surfaces. 
  • Sealing the surfaces that have been exposed to malodors: Although sealing is not required in most fire damage situations, SERVPRO technicians might use this technique if odor removal is too expensive or impractical. Painting drywall or sealing inaccessible duct surfaces in air handling systems are the two common situations that exemplify this technique.  

Type of Deodorants Commonly Used 

SERVPRO technicians have a battery of deodorants to combat odors in a fire-damaged structure. Most situations require more than one type of deodorizing action. However, the most common types of deodorants that SERVPRO technicians use in Greenacres homes include the following:

  • Masking agents: Rather than eliminating the fire and smoke odors, masking agents cover the malodors with a pleasant fragrance. SERVPRO technicians use these to combat imaginary odors. 
  • Pairing agents: Pairing agents combine with odor-causing molecules chemically, changing their chemical structure and rendering them odorless in the process.  
  • Adsorption agents: Chemicals like activated charcoal work by capturing the odor gasses from the air and holding them onto their surface.
  • Enzyme digesters: Enzymes are excellent in breaking down the structure of organic odor-causing molecules such as proteins to odorless products like CO2 and H2O. 
  • Oxidizers: Ozone generators work by oxidizing odor-causing molecules generated in a fire incident rendering them odorless.

SERVPRO technicians work tirelessly to ensure that your fire-damaged home is restored to the preloss condition as quickly as possible. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our technicians are always ready to answer any question you might have. Call SERVPRO of Central Palm Beach at (561) 532-2770.

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