A house fire can turn your entire world upside down. It leaves you and your family faced with the devastation, in search of accommodations, and dealing with your insurance company. It may feel like all is lost, but recovery is possible. ServiceMaster DSI has been helping homeowners in Kansas City, MO, recover from fires for years with comprehensive fire damage restoration and smoke odor removal services. The quicker we get to work, the easier it will be to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.
Smoke odor removal isn’t something you should try to do yourself. It’s deeply complex work that requires training and experience to perform successfully. Today, we’re going to examine a few of the complexities of smoke odors that our technicians manage while performing smoke odor removal in your home.
Chemical Components Cleanup
Apart from cleaning up smoke particles, our experienced fire damage restoration experts also focus on removing associated contamination in the form of gaseous chemicals.
The chemical components that commonly result in contamination are semi volatile (SVOCs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These organic compounds result in smoke odors and other problems.
Special Requirements for Cleaning VOCs and SVOCs
Cleaning smoke particulates alone won’t take care of SVOCs and VOCs.
Additionally, chemicals change depending on their fuel source such as rubber, plastics, appliances, fabrics, paint, flooring, furniture, and structural framing.
We closely inspect locations that contain several wallboard layers. These layers can have voids and gaps that may well facilitate circulation of odors and smoke.
Technicians utilize sophisticated instruments to identify SVOCs and VOCs that lead to chemical smoke residues.
By identifying the chemicals, we’re able determine the materials that burned and how persistent the smoke residue will be and whether the odors will reoccur.
What Contributes to Smoke Odors
Different factors contribute to smoke odors and their strength, including:
- Size of Fire: Larger fires produce more smoke which is often thicker due to there being more fuel
- Length of Exposure: The longer a home is exposed to smoke, the more deeply the odors will seep into porous materials
- Space: If the fire is contained in a smaller space, the odors will actually be more concentrated and intense
- Influence of Odors: Different materials such as plastics and wood release different odors and have varied consistencies. The smoke odor removal techniques we use depend on what materials were burned.
Using the Latest Equipment for Smoke Odor Removal
Technicians have access to modern equipment such as the borescope, which helps them in discovering damage that’s otherwise undetectable without removing portions of the structure.
Similarly, they use thermal imaging cameras that prove to be helpful in locating warmer areas that indicate fire damage.
Smoke odor removal requires professional help from technicians with special training and expertise. The technicians at ServiceMaster DSI can tackle any fire damage scenario and will return your home to its pre-loss condition quickly.
For immediate assistance, contact us at (816) 527-9412, and our technicians will reach your home in Kansas City, MO immediately to start the restoration work.