After a Fire: How to Remove Smoke Odor From Your Home

Fire Restoration

If you’ve ever burned something, you may realize that the odor of smoke can quickly fill a house. Consider the last time you burned some popcorn or overcooked a dish in the oven. The lingering smells lasted for hours, maybe even days. Smoke residue sticks around long after a fire is out. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to remove smoke odor from house.

Removing smoke odor from a house following a fire is difficult and requires more than just some fresh air or scented candles. To guarantee the smoke smells are truly gone, the cleanup procedure must be carried out with specialized equipment and techniques that only a professional disaster restoration company can provide. As a result, we do not recommend that homeowners attempt to perform this task themselves. The steps involved in smoke damage repair are shown below.

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Smoke residue can remain long after a fire is out.

Different Types of Smoke Odor

Smoke results from incomplete combustion and consists of persistent smoke particles (soot), oils, and gases. The pungent smoke odors come from volatile molecules that materials release when burning.

Smoke odors can result from burning protein (meat), natural materials (wood, cotton, etc.), synthetic materials (e.g.,plastic, nylon), and more. With so many flammable substances, the restoration process requires technical knowledge and complex procedures. There are three types of smoke that can cause odor damage in a home:

1. Wet Smoke – This type of smoke is heavy and sticky, and it’s often caused by burning rubber or plastic. The remediation process for wet smoke typically includes using air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the affected area, followed by thorough cleaning and disinfecting.

2. Dry Smoke – This type of smoke is usually caused by burning paper or wood. It’s lighter than wet smoke and not as difficult to remove. The remediation process for dry smoke usually includes thorough cleaning and the use of air purifiers to remove the tiny smoke particles from the air.

3. Protein Smoke – This type of smoke is caused by burning food or other organic materials. It’s very difficult to remove and usually requires professional ozone treatment or thermal fogging to completely eliminate the odor.

Health Issues Caused by Smoke Odor

Inhaling smoke particles can cause a number of health problems, including respiratory irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. The particles can also aggravate existing conditions, such as asthma and emphysema.

If you or anyone in your home is experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to leave the house immediately and seek medical attention.

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Locate the source of the odor and promptly remove it. 

How to Remove Smoke Odor From House After a Fire

The smoke smell after a fire can be overwhelming and nauseating. It can also create health hazards, so it’s important to take steps to eliminate smoke smells as soon as possible. Here are some tips to remove smoke smell after a fire:

Removing the source of the problem

The first and most important step in smoke odor removal is to remove the source of the odor. This involves removing burnt items, such as cabinets, furniture, drywall, and non-salvageable contents. The items can be either discarded or restored, depending on the amount of fire damage.

Cleaning the salvageable contents

Technicians clean the salvageable items with appropriate products. They pressure wash, scrub, and disinfect exterior surfaces like walls, windows, and decks. Interior walls and hard surfaces can be cleaned with mild soap and then rinsed thoroughly. Inside affected cabinets, drawers, and closets can also be professionally cleaned, and wash household items, too. Carpets, furniture, and upholstery are usually cleaned off-site. Check out how to clean fabrics after a home fire.

Cleaning the air ducts

Smoke, soot, and odors from a fire will penetrate the duct system and any dust or other particles inside of that system. Thus, cleaning the ducts early in the smoke smell removal process is essential to prevent the HVAC system from recontaminating areas that have been cleaned. Of course, only professionals should clean the ductwork, as it involves specialized equipment and procedures.

Removing the smoke smell

The final stage is removing those lingering odors. Although baking soda might help in small areas, a lot more is needed to complete this job fully. To thoroughly accomplish this task, a variety of techniques can be utilized, which all share a common goal: complete smoke odor removal. Here are some examples of proven methods:

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After a fire, call PuroClean for smoke odor removal.

Need Smoke Odor Removal? Call Your Local PuroClean 24/7!

The process of smoke smell removal is a complex one that must be done efficiently to be successful. Call your local PuroClean office for professional smoke damage restoration. From cigarette smoke to stubborn smoke odor after a fire, we have the necessary training, equipment, and experience to rescue and restore your home after smoke damage. To connect with your local PuroClean office today, visit our office locator online or call (800) 775-7876.

Last edited on 4th of May 2022

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