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Mount an Assault on Smoke Odor

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke damage can be smelly in your Asheville home or business

The fire is out, your Asheville, NC, business is in recovery mode and the clock is ticking. The cleanup of fire-damaged areas is underway, but what about that horrible smell in the rest of the building? It’s time for some serious smoke cleaning.


Set Up Air Filtration Devices ASAP


The smoke from a burning fire carries vapors and microscopic particulates that can eventually settle on surfaces in an enclosed space. This is what causes the residual odor. Prompt deployment of air filtration devices will allow these particulates to be removed directly from the air, making the subsequent removal from the following surfaces unnecessary:


• Carpets and upholstered items
• Office Furniture
• Papers
• Office Equipment and Accessories
• Ceilings, ceiling fixtures and lights


Air filtration will not eliminate all the smell. Everything on the list still requires smoke cleaning. It’s time to give smoke odor the old one-two punch.


Ozone Machines Help Neutralize Odors


Ozone, the first punch, is a special form of oxygen. A properly positioned ozone machine manufactures ozone from the oxygen in the air and broadcasts it throughout the space being cleaned. This machine is left running for a period of hours or days, continuously generating an invisible cloud of ozone. It penetrates every area of the enclosed space, neutralizing all smoke particulates it encounters. This is possible because ozone is a powerful oxidant.


Thermal Fogging for the Finishing Touch


A thermal fogger provides the second punch. A special deodorizer is heated and applied as a fog to the affected areas. The characteristics of the fog closely resemble the characteristics of smoke and the affected area is left with a pleasant smell.


It’s All About Time


If your business is dealing with smoke damage, it is important to act quickly. Smoke cleaning gets more difficult with time. Waiting can only make matters worse. Having the right fire damage restoration specialists at your side can make all the difference.

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