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The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Fire Damage Remediation in Kingsport

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Fire Damage Odors From Kingsport Homes

With a wide variety of commercial and federal industry, Kingsport is a lively, growing community along the Holston River. Residents and homeowners have weathered economic downturns just as well as they have survived fires and other disasters. That is not to say, however, that restoring each home from a fire is a simple task.

One of the hardest types of fire damage in Kingsport to remove from homes are the odors left by burned materials and their residues. To fully eliminate them, every SERVPRO restoration team uses four different methods: Removal, Clean, Recreate, and Seal.

The quickest way to eliminate an odor in a home is to remove the source. Burned material is not repairable, so removing it must be accomplished immediately not just to remove odors, but as a safety issue inside the home as well. Technicians remove and demolish if needed, property before taking any other actions. After finishing, they install fans at entry and exit points to increase air circulation, further reducing odors.

Next, our teams clean the odor causing residues that smoke and soot leave on surfaces. While dry, powdery residues are cleanable with cloths, brushes, and a mild detergent, others require special cleaners and tools. Sprinklers and other firefighting efforts can spread wet, sticky residues from slower burning fires, then form very hard, thick layers once everything cools down. These thicker layers may even require an agitation device to break them free of the surfaces they cover.

For odors that penetrated surfaces, SERVPRO technicians recreate the same conditions to eliminate them. A smoke cloud of odor-causing particles can deeply penetrate wood, fabrics, and other property. Our teams use a thermal fogger and a strong deodorizing agent to create a second cloud which can go just as deeply into the property. The chemical agent bonds with the original odor-causing particles and neutralizes them.

In a few cases, sealing the property is an effective, and cheaper option. For milder odors in walls that were not otherwise affected by the fire, our specialists can coat the surfaces with a paint containing a deodorizing agent. Another circumstance where this is an option is sealing off the exterior surface of air ducts from leaking odors into the HVAC system and circulating through the entire home.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is to return every home to its original, pre-fire condition. That includes eliminating odors that can linger for months or even years. If your residence went through a fire but still is not home yet, call us at (423) 245-5552 today. We are here for you.

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