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Dealing with Odor in Unusual Places after Fire Damage Incidents in Santa Monica
Fire leaves a wide range of problems in the properties it affects. While some difficulty is expected when dealing with results like charred materials and soaked contents, issues like odor might seem easy to fix. However, if such smells are concentrated in unusual places within your house, it might be hard to eliminate.
Odor in Confined Areas
Smoke and other gases readily spread around the house during fire damage incidents in Santa Monica, which can leave residuals and particulates, concentrated in confined areas such as closets. General deodorization of the property might not reach such odors. Our SERVPRO technicians perform various deodorization steps. Ventilating the area helps improve air movements and quality while running a hydroxyl unit in the area helps break down odor particles. If it is an attic, we remove the contents in the area to determine whether the lingering odor is on the contents or structural materials such as rafters and insulation.
Deodorizing Structural Elements
Smoke odor penetrates deep into insulation because of the higher air pressure during combustion. In such situations, the answer is to tear down and replace the insulation. In the case of low air pressure during combustion, the odor particles concentrate on the surface of the insulation. Procedures such as ULV fogging with a counteractant or thermal fogging can help eliminate the smell. These agents can mimic the path of the smoke and neutralize the offensive molecules. For the rafters, we remove charring and heavy smoke residues through abrasive blasting, wire brushing, or scraping. We also spray or apply an odor counteractant.
Odor in Automobiles
If the fire occurs, when your vehicle is in the garage, smoke odors can affect many surfaces, including under the dashboard, ventilation system, and inside door cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians remove components ruined by the fire. We then carry out various deodorization steps, including direct-spraying durable surfaces with water-based cinnamon, then thermal fog the interior of the car. We can also run an air scrubber with ducting to create negative air pressure and purge the ambient air inside the vehicle.
An odor from hidden locations can be stubborn to eliminate. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to perform deodorization, eliminating any traces of the smell, "Like it never even happened."