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Auburn We Know De-Odorization

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

One of the worst things about fires in your home or office – even small fires that do relatively little damage – is the odor they leave behind. No matter how many cans of air freshener you use, no matter how many scented candles you light, the stench always seems to come back.

There’s a good reason for the lingering smell. More often than not, the source of the odor hasn’t been removed. Imagine finding a dead animal in your office building’s storage room or in your home’s crawlspace. Would you douse the creature in your favorite scented spray and consider the problem solved? Of course not.

From greasy stove fires to smoke damage caused by outdoor wildfires, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is trained and certified in fire damage restoration, including advanced deodorization principles.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage – or some other accident – and require deodorization services, give us a call! Whether it’s a fire, water or mold damage – or even just a stubborn, unpleasant odor that refuses to go away – we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why is that smokey smell so hard to remove?

Smoke odor particles are tiny – in some cases even microscopic in size. They are measured in microns and range in size from .1 (one tenth) of a micron to about 4 microns. Compare a tiny odor particle to a period created by a typewriter (about 150 microns) or to the tip of a human hair (about 75-100 microns).

The small size of odor particles allows them to penetrate surfaces easily. Other factors besides size can help smoke odors penetrate materials, such as:

Surface Porosity – The more porous a material, the more likely it is to absorb odors.

Heavy Concentrations of Residue – The more concentrated the residue, the greater the surface area of materials it can impact.

High Exposure Time – The longer a surface is exposed to odor particles, the greater the number of odor particles that will penetrate.

Heat – Heat causes porous surfaces to expand, allowing odors to penetrate even deeper. When heat is removed, the surfaces contract and trap the odor particles. 




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