Smoke and Odor Control In a Fire Damage Situation in Northampton
SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Cleanup and Odor Control After House Fires
Fire is a complex event resulting from the right combination of fuel, a source of heat, and an oxidizer. It is a combustion process that causes the production of light and heat. In some cases, it can also lead to the production of different types of gases and a wide range of vapors. These gases include carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and carbon dioxide.
If a fire damage event has hit your Northampton property, we have professional restoration services to deal with the resulting odorous smoke residues. SERVPRO experts have several years of experience and industry-leading equipment for effective odor and vapor control.
Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
The first step in vapor control is to remove the actual source of the odor and then clean the area of residues. This stage involves containing or blocking odor molecules from continuing to migrate throughout the structure. These physical barriers are generally set up with plastic sheets for isolation of the affected areas.
During a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO technicians identify the materials causing the odor and spray them with a chemical deodorizer. The chemical forms a barrier that protects the source material from evaporating. Our IICRC-approved fire & smoke damage restoration specialists use industry-leading odor counteractants to prevent the odor molecules from further circulating in the air. For chemical containment to be effective, we have to spray directly onto the charred areas using a pump-up sprayer or a fogger. A thermal fogger dispenses heated aerosols that can travel the same path as the heated smoke particles and then bond with them to form an odorless compound.
The second phase is to counteract the odor particles that escaped into the air before the containment stage. This step is vital in a fire damage situation, as it helps eliminate airborne odors before the nose detects them. We can set up mechanical devices to change the chemical composition of airborne particulates. Hydroxyl generators can be deployed while work is ongoing. In the case of severe smoke and soot infusion and odors, there is another piece of equipment we use. This is the ozone generator, but because of the nature of ozone, this can only be placed and activated when no people, pets, or plants are within the structure. Overnight, it dramatically enhances the indoor air quality, IAQ.
When a fire-damaging event occurs, it is important to protect your property from harmful smoke and odors. As part of the community, SERVPRO of Hampshire County is ready to help get your building back to normal, "Like it never even happened." For any assistance, call us anytime at (413) 324-1300.