Can The Odors Be Removed After A Fire in My Naples Home?
Smoke Residue and Soot Leave Lingering Odors – SERVPRO Can Have Your Home Smelling Fresh and Clean Once Again
Residential fires make up more than one-fourth of reported fires. The most common causes of house fires include heating, cooking, electrical, intentional, and smoking-related fires. While every situation in Naples is different when it comes to fire intensity and damage, one thing they all have in common is the nasty odors that are a result of smoke and soot.
Can I Get Rid of The Smell Myself?
Many people think merely removing charred and smoke damaged items gets rid of the smell. Smoke residue permeates material throughout the house. Soot can settle into the tiniest cracks and crevices. Removing the pungent odor left after a house fire involves a multifaceted process. Fire damage restoration in Naples is better left to a professional company that has the experience and expertise in mitigating such situations.
Locating the Source of the Odors
SERVPRO has fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) that are well trained. They are also Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. They know where the smells are most absorbed, such as carpet, ductwork, and insulation. Painted walls, window treatments, and upholstered furniture hold smoke odor as well. Other things that can hold foul odors include:
- Charred items – These need to be removed as soon as possible as they contribute significantly to the terrible smells.
- Insulation – A specialized vacuum is used to remove the affected insulation.
- Ductwork – If the HVAC system operates after the fire, it can spread smoke and soot rapidly.
- Water damaged items – These can develop mold and contribute to the odors circulating throughout the house.
Odor Control is Vital to the Restoration Process
Improving air quality means capturing airborne particulates. Soot particles are microscopic, and it requires special equipment to remove those particles. HEPA vacuums, HEPA filters and air scrubbers can be used. Another way to keep soot from spreading is to provide physical containment in places such as vents and doorways.
If the blaze involved firefighters and hoses, water extraction is dealt with right away. The cleanup of the charred remains takes place next. This can involve both structural components and the content of the home. Before new building and restoration can begin, odor control is required. If not mitigated before this step, the new materials pick up the same smell. Another reason for eradicating odors first is you cannot build or paint over them.
What is Used for Odor Control and Removal?
Our technicians use a variety of equipment and procedures to remove odors from the home. These include:
- Time-release gel pellets if the problem is mild
- Deodorizing cleaning agents
- Hydroxyl generators to capture and neutralize soot in the air
- Thermal fogging for strong odors
- Sealants before painting
- Deep cleaning of upholstery and carpets
- Ductwork cleaning
Clothing, linens, and drapes may require off-site cleaning to remove the smells. Dry cleaning and home machine washing may not take care of the problem. Not every circumstance requires all of the above. Our technicians assess each circumstance and determine the proper combination of equipment and procedures to remove fire damage smells from your residence.
Beyond Odors – Comprehensive Fire Restoration
If your residence has been affected by a fire, it can turn your world upside down. You may find yourself displaced and facing the loss of much of your house and content. Even a small fire can disrupt your daily life. At SERVPRO, we understand how devastating both situations can be to you and your family. We provide fire damage restoration that deals with your situation from start to finish. Our goal is to return your home to you, so it is, “Like it never even happened.” Our crews are committed to making that happen. We are locally bonded and licensed.
- Commercial: CBC1261730
- Mold Remediation: MRSR2994
We work with you and your insurance company to take as much of the burden of restoration of your shoulders as we can. You may only need a general cleaning and odor removal because of a small fire. Another situation may involve total restoration to the structure and the content. From emergency mitigation such as boarding up to repairing damaged walls, our technicians are there to meet your needs.
When You Need Help We Are There
Whether you need fire damage restoration for a small kitchen fire or a big house fire, our team is here around the clock. Disaster does not strike when it is convenient. That is why our company is on call seven days a week, including holidays. Contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 for expert fire damage restoration you can trust. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.