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Call SERVPRO to Remove Port St. Lucie Fire Damage Odors

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

Grey wall covered in soot and smoke damage Contact the experts at SERVPRO if your Port St Lucie home has experienced fire damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Fire Damage Soils and Odors in Port St. Lucie Homes

Residential structure fires can wreak havoc on a home’s contents with more than just charring. Soot residues exposed to water can become acidic and corrode sheet metal vents, dishware, and appliances. Fire damage odors can linger in a Port St. Lucie home even after implementing DIY cleanup solutions, which can impact comfort in a residence significantly and potentially create additional repair and replacement costs.

Port St. Lucie SERVPRO fire and smoke damage removal technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials along with wet and dry cleaning solutions specifically designed for fire damage to dislodge soils. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) perform thorough mitigation of fire malodors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

How Fire Damage Odors Permeate Surfaces

Fire and smoke damage odors can create significant odor problems from various sources. Dry soot, greasy smoke residues, and filmy proteins combine with multiple materials to create a challenge that most consumer cleaning products are not fully equipped to tackle.

  • Smoke particles can penetrate porous items like unfinished wood and fibers, which can create stains and significant odors
  • Some smoke residues rest on surfaces and develop odors without penetrating paints or nonporous items
  • Charring can create additional odors from burnt finishes, paints, or stains on furnishings or structural materials

Worse still, these fire damage residues can sit in ventilation systems and spread odor-causing particles throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians can mitigate the impact of fire odors by first removing soils with tailored soot cleanup solutions, agitation tools, and HEPA filter vacuums.

SERVPRO Fire Odor Removal Strategies for Structures and Contents

After technicians safely dispose of fire debris and perform soot removal, OCTs can commence deodorization. While sanitation is a critical component of this process, thermal fogging, among a suite of other odor control tools, proves highly effective in restoring the comfort and indoor air quality of a fire-damaged Port St. Lucie home.

Some principles of fire damage deodorization include the following:

  • Deodorize with a solution that behaves like smoke. A smoke-like solvent deodorizer dispensed by a thermal fogger, for example, can eliminate malodors caused by smoke. Wet residues that permeate surfaces require immersion or another form of wet cleaning
  • Restoring indoor air quality is essential for both odor mitigation and occupant safety. Fire restoration technicians can use HEPA filter air scrubbers to collect air pollutants and cycle clean air back into the affected space. The filter, which can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns, is comprised of activated carbon and potassium permanganate
  • Sealants are vital for preserving structural materials. While soot-covered wall framing may not have all the stains removed after a fire, it can be sealed and preserved for effective fire odor removal
  • Specialized tools are also available for removing odor-causing particles, including ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, and pressure sprayers. Ultra-low volume foggers can deploy a deodorizing mist as opposed to the dry solvent-based smoke emitted by a thermal fogger

Homeowners seeking fire and smoke damage removal can contact SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE at (772) 266-2350. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to respond 24/7.

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