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Kitchen Fires Can Have Lingering Odors

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

People are doing a lot more cooking at home these days, and for some, cooking is a fairly new routine. Those unfamiliar with the kitchen can make the mistake of leaving a stove unattended; the result is a kitchen fire. The only thing worse than fire damage in a home is being reminded of it every time you enter a room and smell those smoke odors left behind. Kitchen fires can have lingering odors. That is why it is to have your home professionally restored so the unpleasant smell of soot can be removed.

Mitigating odors after a fire

SERVPRO should be called to not only clean up after a fire but to help mitigate fire odor in a home. The smoke and soot damage, even if not severe, can leave behind a strong pungent odor. We can help not only with fire remediation but odors from fire as well. When SERVPRO technicians arrive, there are usually obvious signs of the fire due to the discolored walls and ceiling area around the stove. Odor-causing particles can hide in the smoke residue, and it is important to remove that residue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our technicians use wet sponges with our deodorizing cleaning solutions to wipe away the traces on the walls and other surfaces affected by smoke and soot.

Why you should leave it to pros to clean up soot and tackle odors

Protein fires are particularly tough to clean because the protein-rich fibers in foods such as meat or eggs burn as a nearly invisible mist and coats everything in the general vicinity with a fine layer that is difficult to see but has a scent. Worse, porous items such as upholstery on kitchen chairs or kitchen curtains soak it up and require deep cleaning to remove the odor. We have several techniques and methods for odor control, and we apply them depending on the unique circumstances and the level of treatment needed. One of our most powerful odor control equipment is an ozone machine which, as the name implies, generates ozone. When ozone encounters odor-causing molecules, oxidation happens, and the odor is removed at the molecular level. It’s a highly effective way to mitigate odors after a fire.

Call SERVPRO if you experience a fire

Fire odor can be a terrible reminder of a fire in your kitchen, long after the kitchen soot and ash are cleaned up. Call SERVPRO of East Phoenix at (602) 507-6163; we have the equipment and expertise to eliminate odors left behind by fire damage.

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