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Our Technicians Discuss The Different Methods of Controlling Odors in Your Fire Damaged Home in San Jose

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Our Different Methods of Controlling Smoke-Related Odors in Your Home in San Jose

After a residential fire in San Jose, SERVPRO works with the customer closely to monitor the effectiveness of the work we do. This includes controlling odors that now affect the house. While we often use hydroxyl generators to make things safer while we work, odors can still arise later, especially when humidity increases.


Because odors in a San Jose property depend on the materials that burned, we use different methods. Some mask the odors while the odors' source slowly diminishes. Others help reduce odors by absorbing them before they can reach the air your family breathes. One type, our sealant, used after cleaning, uses an encapsulation method to prevent odors from leaching out of the sealed material.


Beads that stop the odors do so because they are made of porous materials and then permeated with solvent-based counteracting chemicals. These come in either cherry or cinnamon and help freshen the air. We often put these in a shallow dish near the air intake vent.


Pellets and granules absorb foul odors into their sponge-like structures. Made from treated bentonite clay, these remove odors from enclosed spaces and open areas equally well. They do not have a scent themselves because we do not use them to cover odors.


Not all of our liquid deodorizers end up in a mister or fogger. Some of these we add to cleaning mixes to deodorize while we clean things by hand. We use a cinnamon-scented agent when protein-based fires leave a kitchen smelling acrid.


When porous materials like paneling smell like smoke but show no other signs of damage, we leave them smelling fresh again. A citrus-scented agent gets evenly applied with an Ultra Low Volume fogger in a wet mist. The penetration time takes about two to four hours, at which time we ventilate the area.


Tougher odors in your home might require application overnight of solvent-based mixtures. These mixes include phenolics, fragrances, and odor counteractants. Because these are solvent-based, some individuals experience irritation from the solvents. Although these diminish over time, we discuss the possibility with our customers before using this option.


If solvent-based fogging seems problematic for a customer, we can use water-based deodorizing fogging, instead. This option also includes a neutralizing agent that is powerful enough to handle the odor from an alarmed skunk.


Sealants work for more than smoke odors. They also keep stains from bleeding through fresh paint, inhibit the growth of mold and other microbes, and stop grease from marring the surface again. These come in tinted varieties as well as untinted ones. We can choose options when the customer desires painting on the surface to take place. These dry rapidly, and we can paint over them shortly after application.


SERVPRO of Campbell is ready to help customers in Fremont mitigate fire damage, smoke odors, and other types of damage. We also serve the areas around Saratoga and Newark. Call our emergency services line any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year, at (408) 371-4001.

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