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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

The Fire Damage Experts of Nashville

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

When fires burn contents and building materials, a strong, unpleasant odor can be left behind.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Rid Your Home of Foul Odors after Fire Damage

Sometimes the worst part of a fire taking place inside your Nashville house is the foul odor that exists afterward. Fires burn contents and building materials which create burnt aromas inside a dwelling. Smoke coming from a blaze leaves behind soot residues that also produce malodor particles.

When dealing with foul smells, the two things that take place are odor removal and odor control. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Nashville begin with removing items that potentially create odor problems. Sometimes unpleasant aromas get eliminated when burnt items get discarded.

However, many times the smell of smoke still exists after all charred contents and soot residues get removed. If all known sources are not present and pungent odors still exist, then odor control procedures get taken. When attempting to control odors, SERVPRO's restoration team uses multiple methods to solve the problem.

The first step to odor control is chemical containment. If a barrier gets created between the odor's source and the air, then malodor particles cannot vaporize and spread into the building. Many times we accomplish this by spraying deodorizing chemicals on materials that possibly cause the foul smells. The chemicals create a barrier which slows down or stops odor molecules evaporating off of source materials.

Next, we implement vapor control to help restore the structure. The vapor odor control process involves vaporizing deodorant chemicals into the air that counteract foul odor particles. Spraying deodorizing chemicals into the air helps get rid of odor particles that evaporated before source materials got contained.

The last phase of odor control is the thermal fogging process. A thermal fogger heats up deodorant chemicals and causes them to combust. Once combustion takes place, the chemicals get broken down into microscopic particles. Once the deodorants get broken down inside, they then gain the ability to penetrate into any material that smokes has infiltrated.

In many situations not all phases of odor control are necessary. After each phase, we re-assess its effectiveness. For help with unpleasant smells after a fire, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for help 24/7.  

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